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A Nature-based Guide to Georgetown County October 2010-April 2011

Bottle Tree by Sean Thompson of Thompson Nature Photography

“After extensive research, I find bottle trees and their lore go back much further in time, and originate farther north. And that the superstitions surrounding them were embraced by most ancient cultures, including European … the bottle imp/bad spirit thing was carried down through sub-Saharan Africa and up into Eastern Europe, and eventually imported into the Americas by African slaves.”

Garden author and radio host, Felder Rushing

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A Short History of

BottleTrees By Kimberly Duncan

Bottle trees, folk symbols of the southern slave tradition, are enjoying a renaissance and showing up in gardens across the nation. Art historian Robert Farris Thompson traces their story back to the Congo area of Africa, but garden author and radio host, Felder Rushing, chased the story even further back in time. On his website – a treasure trove of information – he writes: “After extensive research, I find bottle trees and their lore go back much further in time, and originate farther north. And that the superstitions surrounding them were embraced by most ancient cultures, including European … the bottle imp/ bad spirit thing was carried down through sub-Saharan Africa and up into Eastern Europe, and eventually imported into the Americas by African slaves.” And so, for thousands of years, superstition has held that empty glass bottles placed outside a home could capture roving spirits at night, and the spirits would be destroyed the next day when sunshine heated the bottle. Another notion is that spirits become mesmerized by the play of sunlight

The Gullah Language

through the colorful glass and become trapped inside the bottles. The eerie whistling sound created when wind blows past the bottles is said to be moans of ensnared spirits. Legend has it that some people periodically removed the bottles, plugged them with cork and set them adrift in the river – sending the evil spirits far away. The Mississippi writer Eudora Welty worked for the WPA during the 1930s depression and photographed many bottle trees across her native state. She later incorporated them into her story “Livvie”:

The modern revival of bottle trees – sometimes called spirit trees, poor man’s stained glass or garden earrings – is all about interesting garden art that glistens in the sun. Fun, playful and colorful is in; formality is out. A quick internet search will uncover hundreds of interesting images.

Locally, you can buy your own bottle tree at Keepsakes, the gift shop in Brookgreen Gardens, or at the Audubon Shop in “Coming around up the path from the deep cut of the Natchez Pawleys Island’s Hammock Shops. Plant your tree where it gets some sun. Preferably locate it where shafts of sunlight strike Trace below was a line of bare crape myrtle trees with every it through an opening in the canopy so that for a few magical branch of them ending in a colored bottle, green or blue. minutes each day the bottle tree glows while the background There was no word that fell from Solomon’s lips to say what they were for, but Livvie knew that there could be a spell put is subdued in shadow. Whatever your color of choice for in trees, and she was familiar from the time she was born with bottle trees, know it is from a long and proud tradition of keeping bad things - including the blues - away. the way bottle trees kept evil spirits from coming into the house - by luring them inside the colored bottles, where they cannot get out again.” A bottle tree also showed up in the film, “Ray: Unchain My Heart,” a Ray Charles biopic. Charles’ mother’s placed great spiritual importance on the tree’s ability to help care for her poor Mississippi family. Blue has often been the color favored for bottle trees because spirits were especially attracted to it. (Blue has long been associated with ghosts, spirits, and “haints.” Native Southerners and African Americans know about and/or use

Necessity being the “mother of invention,” a common language called Gullah evolved. As a unique language, Gullah does not behave like English; it is considerably more complex. Still used in isolated pockets of the South, Gullah is a “pidginized,” or auxiliary, form of English. By definition, a pidgin has no native speakers. Once Gullah was passed on to the American born children of enslaved Africans, it was no longer a “pidgin” but a “creole” language. Linguists call the process of change, in which two or more languages converge to form a new native tongue, “creolization.” A significant detail many do not appreciate is that creolization was not limited to one race. African dialects exerted distinct linguistic influences on the speech of white slave owners.

In the Lowcountry, the demographic dominance of blacks dictated that all whites had contact with blacks, while Down By the Riverside, written by renowned Southern historian many blacks had only limited contact with the white race. Consequently, Waccamaw planters and their families often Dr. Charles Joyner, explains that SC’s earliest African settlers learned to speak like their slaves rather than the other way spoke diverse languages and could communicate very little with each other. Additionally a majority of Africans arriving in around. Joyner writes: “Northern and English visitors rarely the Waccamaw Neck in the eighteenth century spoke little or failed to note the extent to which the planters, outnumbered no English. While the social dominance of slave owners was an nine to one by their slaves, absorbed elements of Gullah. An incentive to learn the native tongue, the numerical dominance English traveler referred to the speech of the planters as ‘that peculiar accent derived from almost exclusive association with of the blacks facilitated their retention of African patterns of negroes.’ A northern correspondent wrote: ‘the children of the speech. planters, brought up on the plantations, and allowed to run in By Kimberly Duncan

“haint blue” around their windows and doors to repel spirits.) Cobalt blue Milk of Magnesia bottles were once the standard, but modern bottle trees come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

Locally, you can buy your own bottle tree at Keepsakes, the gift shop in Brookgreen Gardens, or at the Audubon Shop in Pawleys Island’s Hammock Shops.

the woods with the little negroes, acquired the same dialect . . . ‘ Many of the white plantation children learned their first language from a Gullah-speaking nurse, thus becoming native speakers of Gullah, and learned English as a second language . . . Many of the Waccamaw rice planters remained fluently bilingual in Gullah and English from childhood throughout their lives.” A great irony of Afro-American history is that many aspects of black speech related to Gullah are sometimes stigmatized, by blacks as well as whites, as being illiterate and unschooled. However, anyone knowledgeable of Gullah realizes what a tremendous accomplishment its evolution really was. A people of incredibly diverse backgrounds and limited opportunities created a rich new language and a colorful culture. The incorporation of Gullah’s features into contemporary black English points to its importance as a symbol of cultural unity among the slaves who developed it and passed it on. Joyner summarized the value of Gullah: “To create a living languageAwould seem aof greater accomplishment than to people incredibly diverse preserve an existing one, and the slaves of All Saints Parish backgrounds and limited opportunities (roughly defined as the Waccamaw Neck) shared fully in that created a rich new language and a accomplishment.”

colorful culture.

LowcountryCompanion 4 Lowcountry Scoop Interesting local news

16 Lowcountry Eco Adventures

24 Waccamaw Neck Map 26 Lowcountry Lodging Great places to stay

28 Calendar of Events

“Green” things to do & see

Great things to do

23 Book Reviews & Fun Facts

33 Murrells Inlet Map

36 Heritage Sites 40 Sunset Lodge Georgetown’s Infamous “Non-Secret”

41 Dining Guide A showcase of fine Lowcountry eateries

46 Historic Downtown Georgetown Map

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About the Cover Photographer Geoffrey Sean Thompson is the owner of Thompson Nature Photography, a photography business that provides fine art printing, nature photography classes, workshops and excursions out of Litchfield Beach, SC. Sean was the son of a school teacher in Palmetto, a small town on the west coast of Florida, and his interest in photography began at an early age. By the time he was fifteen he was developing his own photography. In 1979, Sean enlisted in the US Coast Guard – a career that enabled him to travel extensively and photograph many parts of the US. In 1991, a new assignment in Georgetown brought Sean and his wife to coastal SC. In 2000, he retired and launched his own photography business. Sean’s photographic interests include nature, wildlife and architectural subjects. His favorite subject is wetland photography. His photographs have been published locally in the Sun News, Georgetown Times, Waccamaw Times, Tidelands Magazine and Lowcountry Companion, as well as in calendars sold throughout the nation. Sean was recently selected as one of only forty photographers whose works will be used to decorate the new Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia, SC. Located on the west side of Highway 17 at the main traffic light in Litchfield, Sean’s gallery is sure to impress and inspire. Additionally, his photography can be found at local art festivals such as Art in the Park in Myrtle Beach, Artists under the Arcade in Brookgreen Gardens and the famous Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival in Murrells Inlet. Other retail outlets include Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, Backyard Birds in Murrells Inlet, Keepsakes Gift Shop in Brookgreen Gardens and the Audubon Shop in Pawleys Island. Make time to visit Thompson Nature Photography in Pawleys Island. Visit the website, too: Tell him Lowcountry sent you! Post Office Box 2098 • Pawleys Island, SC 29585 • 843.237. 3899 • FAX 843.237. 5649 •

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Shop Locally If you’re a local and you care about your neighbors and friends – the people who own and operate the retail establishments that bring color and life to this community – please think long and hard about shopping locally this holiday season. Too often, we pack up our SUVs and head for big city malls to knock out the Christmas list. Change the pattern this year! Support the community you love by choosing to shop here at home. Consider for a moment that more than a few (thousand) visitors every year head our way expressly for shopping opportunities. Take a fresh look around and consider the options. It’s easy to lose sight of the diversity that surrounds us. Shop at home. It matters. You can slash the Christmas list and be home in time to turn in early in your own comfortable bed. Ahhhh.

Have Horse? Ride On! Hobcaw Barony is offering a rare opportunity for individuals to bring their own horse and ride one of two designated trails. On January 22 and 29, February 5 and 12, and March 5, 19 and 26, riders will relish the unique opportunity to explore the 17,500 acre property with maps that highlight points of interest. Arrival time begins at 8 AM and horses, trailers and their owners must depart by 4 PM. To ensure confirmation, registration and waiver forms must be completed and turned in at least ten days in advance. The charge is a very reasonable $20 per person, except on March 19 when a Full Moon Trail Ride is priced at $30 per person. Call the Discovery Center at 843.546.4623 for details or visit

There’s far too much to detail here; rest assured you’ll be delightfully surprised, so please stop by the Center and spend some time browsing. The Shop is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Ask questions at 843.546.4623 or for lots of extra information.

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Lowcountry Companion endangered red-cockaded woodpecker colonies. Many other threatened or endangered species can be found throughout Winyah Bay, including bald eagles, short-nosed sturgeon, loggerhead sea turtles, peregrine falcons, least terns, piping plovers, and wood storks. At any time of year, you will see schools of dolphin and large alligators swimming the area waters. In 1732, when the seaport community of Georgetown was established, the Winyah Bay region had already begun to embrace the rich traditions of its diverse residents. The cultures of Native Americans, Europeans and Africans merge to form a rich blend of art, architecture and accents. In these early years, hunting and fishing provided much of the food and its importance was well understood. In the early 1900s, affluent northerners flocked here to hunt and fish with local sportsmen and landowners. Their quarry varied from ducks, deer, quail and hogs to the fish found in our rivers, creeks and in Winyah Bay. Out of all this came a fine Southern sporting heritage. Hunting, fishing, sporting art, dogs, decoys and firearms are part of the landscape and lifestyle. This heritage is celebrated today by the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival.

Winyah Bay Heritage Festival In 2007, the Georgetown County Historical Society established the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival to raise awareness of the region’s unique heritage and to generate capital

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funds for the relocation and expansion of its growing Georgetown County Museum. Uniting wildlife artists, a variety of unique exhibitors, outdoor lovers of all sorts and collectors from across the region, the Festival takes place in various locations throughout Georgetown and has raised more than $130,000. The fourth annual 2011 Festival on January 15 – 16 will mark a new lease partnership with the county that will soon fill a building at 120 Broad Street in the city’s Historic District. Expanded Museum galleries and exhibit spaces will include a dedicated exhibit that showcases an extensive Winyah Bay Heritage collection. Designed to celebrate the rich history of the Winyah Bay with an emphasis on conservation, preservation, art, hunting, fishing, decoy carving and more, the Festival’s 2011 lineup of events will be the most exciting in its young history. Events will include the SC Duck Calling Championship (a sanctioned qualifier for the World Duck Calling Championship), raptor demonstrations, childrens’ decoy painting, numerous hunting and fishing exhibits and simulators, wildlife art, jewelry, traditional crafts, and conservation exhibits. This year Dixie Dock Dogs joins the Festival’s roster of exciting events. An affiliate club of Dock Dogs Inc., is a non-profit organization that promotes the sport of canine dock diving. Locals will have a chance to enter their own dogs, large or small, into the competition. See for additional detail.


Martin Chosen as Festival’s Featured Artist

Society Delivers History in Spades

Millie Martin was chosen as 2011’s featured artist and bidding has begun for the painting that was commissioned for the January event. It is currently on exhibit in a section of the Museum’s main gallery dedicated to Georgetown County’s fine sporting heritage. Nestled among “Caines Boys” decoys and vintage photos from the area’s many hunting and fishing clubs, it will remain on view until the festival on January 15 and 16, 2011 when it will be auctioned to the highest bidder. A weathered rice trunk and singular Santee Delta storm tower at Moorland Plantation is featured, and the painting depicts the mood and splendid scenery of the Lowcountry.

The port of Georgetown is the third oldest in SC, and the city and the surrounding countryside is steeped in an enthralling and storied history. Since 1955, the Georgetown County Historical Society has been at the forefront of promoting the area’s rich history. Currently, there are nearly 600 members, and the formation of the historic trail of Georgetown’s earliest homes and buildings are among its many accomplishments.

As Archibald Rutledge once described the location: “Here, one encounters the romantic ruin of a peculiar tower on ‘Moorland’ – a ‘slave-tower,’ wherein slaves working the ricefields might take refuge in case of a sudden tropical storm. This vast region was once almost a solid ricefield; and today the banks remain, and the canals and ditches. In the heads of the canals, the ‘trunk-docks’ as they are called, is the most unbelievably good fishing—for bream, bass, green mormouth, gaudy perch.” For information about the Museum, the Winyah Bay Heritage Festival or how to place a bid on the painting, call 843.545.7020 or visit: or

Important work continues. The Society will soon publish two new books, A Walk Down Front Street and Georgetown and Winyah Bay. Proceeds will help sustain the Historical Society’s most impressive accomplishment to date, the Georgetown County Museum. Today, in a circa 1735 building at 632 Prince Street in Georgetown, the Museum welcomes an ever-growing number of visitors to experience the area’s centuries old history. A wealth of exhibits keeps the spirit of each era alive. See our Heritage Sites article for more information. For more interesting detail, take time to visit www. and (continued)


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and background bear growls, barking dogs, birdsong, and the soft hush of ocean waves – brings Atalaya to life as a narrator guides guests through the house. Docent-led tours are offered at Atalaya from March through November, but the new audio tour is available year-round. The cost is $4 per person plus the regular Atalaya admission of $1 per person. Tours can be purchased by cash or check at Atalaya or by credit card in the park store. See Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites and Eco-Adventures articles for more detailed information about Huntington Beach State Park and Atalaya.

Make a Beeline to Beehive In tough economic times, smart shoppers are cutting corners. Fortunately, those savvy enough to shop the Beehive can still dress “to the nines.” Lisa Sizemore, owner and operator of this classy consignment boutique, insists on clean, top quality merchandise, and knows her stuff when it comes to name brands. Shoppers will recognize high end lines priced at a fraction of what one would pay elsewhere. Sizes from zero to 3X fill bargain-laden racks. Shoes, hats, coats, lingerie, beachwear, jewelry, “movie star” sunglasses and all sorts of accessories line the shelves, too.

Beehive is in Murrells Inlet, just south of the corner of Highway 17 Business and Wachesaw Road. Visit often! Tell the ladies you caught the buzz in our pages. Believe it when we tell you, Beehive “beecomes” a habit. 843.651.6978.

Knitting is Cool! Statistics show that nearly forty million people in the US know how to knit and crochet. These figures offer clear evidence that younger women are taking up the needles to embrace what some call “the new yoga.” Knitters have long recognized the therapeutic benefits of their craft. Apparently, the rest of the world is catching on. “It’s my form of meditation,” says one young woman. “I was able to go off doctor-prescribed sedatives when I took up knitting.”

Some credit the revival of knitting to the newfound bounty of patterns, supplies and luxurious yarns from lace weight to super chunky. Fortunately, everything the modern knitter needs for this addictive hobby can be found at Island Knits in the Island Shops at Pawleys Island. Savvy owners feature fine yarns that include Adrienne Vittadini, Rowan, A Unique Ladies Consignment Boutique Plymouth, Tahki, Dale of Noway and many Functional, flirty or formal … more, including organic cotton. They also offer We’ve got it all! a complete line of knitting and crocheting accessories, a fabulous selection of buttons Literally brimming with inventory, Beehive’s small and large and patterns for everything long list of faithful consignors and the staff’s from socks and scarves to shawls. There’s an constant attention to rolling out the old to assortment of inexpensive last-minute gift make room for the new keep the selection ideas (many $20 or less!) you can whip up varied and fresh. Shopping is made easier by in a day or two. And here’s a great gift idea the carefully organized layout. This boutique for men: a 100% cashmere scarf. Masculine has the sales floor arranged like a regular retail patterns are at the ready. 651.6978 Located in “Old Strickland’s Store” store. 4634 Hwy 17 Bus in the heart of Murrells Inlet, SC Those interested in learning should inquire Best of all, there’s always a sale. Always. The about classes. Word has it, at Island Knits outdoor racks feature last-chance deals for Hear Atalaya Come to Life learning the craft is more fun than a two bucks. Inside, discounts range from night on the town! Call Susan for details A new audio tour at Atalaya at Huntington twenty to fifty percent. The longer an item has at 843.235.0110. Ask about Kumihimo, a Beach State Park helps visitors interpret the been in house, the higher the discount – but Japanese form of weaving that’s easy and a life and legacy of Archer and Anna Hyatt just because a piece hasn’t moved doesn’t Huntington and the winter home they built for lessen its eye appeal. To tell the truth, there’s great way to use up yarns in your stash. Make belts, necklaces, dog leashes, etc. Even kids themselves amid the maritime forests and sand so much to choose from that it’s easy to can do this. dunes of the SC coast. overlook a killer blouse or jacket.


Anna Hyatt Huntington was a renowned twentieth century sculptor, known especially for detailed sculptures of animals and heroic statues. Her husband Archer was a philanthropist and noted scholar on Hispanic culture. Archer designed Atalaya, now a National Historic Landmark, based on Moorish castles he’d seen on the Mediterranean coast. The new audio tour is 45 minutes long and includes excerpts from an interview with Anna Hyatt Huntington. The actual voice of Anna –

Since consignment has become so popular, new consignors are carefully handpicked, so quality and selection reign supreme. Beehive racks are always full, and always fresh, and Beehive shopping is always fun. It’s no wonder this jazzy shop was recently voted first place in the Sun News’ coveted Reader’s Choice “Best of the Beach” category for consignment shops.

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The ever-growing collection of sterling is nothing shy of immense. Many pieces are reminiscent of the Lowcountry – think starfish and seashells. Chandelier earrings, thick rope bracelets, multi-stranded necklaces … the list is long and luscious. In the sea of silver, you’ll find trendy fashion sets and separates. Choose from a huge collection of watches with prices that begin at only $10! And speaking of affordable, the store’s reading glasses and sunglasses are priced from just $12.

They are not researchers or detectives, but Peggy Altman and her two sisters are masters at scoping out details. Theirs are the details that add flair and finesse to your wardrobe. Their boutique in the Hammock Shops is a glittering showcase of hand-picked accessories that are almost overwhelming in scope and variety.

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Children’s jewelry includes birthstone and “peace sign” rings, pearls, hip yarn bracelets and much more. Comfy-soft U-shaped pillows for cradling a baby’s tender head come with a variety of adorable animal faces. Details also carries a collection of pretty bows and headbands young fashion plates will love. There are so many treasures awaiting discovery at this great location. It’s the only place in Pawleys that you’ll find Caspari bridge cards, tally sheets and pads. The store has a line of cards and stationery that can be personalized on the premises. Visit Details soon. You’ll find them in the Hammock Shops, right beside another Lowcountry favorite, the Audubon Shop.

Ten Toes Up Local Band Releases CD Lowcountry kudos to Murrells Inlet’s own Ten Toes Up, a killer band with an enthusiastic following. Fusing funky ‘70s sounds with classic rock and a dash of the blues, they’ve got their own distinctive style and, understandably, many fans. Join the party at 5 PM at the Hot Fish Club on Saturday, November 6 as they celebrate the release of their new CD. Helping them celebrate will be the talented Necessary Brothers and perennial rockers, the Mullets. Each of the

three three bands are well worth seeing on their own. All three in a single venue guarantees a rocking great time. Come one, come all. It’ll be a blast in the “yard” overlooking the Inlet at the HFC.

thoroughly checked her brakes, charged her air conditioning, replaced a belt that was squeaking and changed her oil and filter. His charges were very reasonable, and no down time from work. Another satisfied customer!

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If this service sounds right up your alley, give Todd a call at 843.240.0271. Polite, professional and experienced, he’s a pleasure to work with. Tell him Lowcountry Companion sent you with high praises!

In this age of crazy schedules and hectic lifestyles, here’s an idea that’s a welcome convenience to those who have better things to do than hang around in a garage’s waiting area. Todd Johnson, a Murrells Inlet resident since 1992, and his wife, SC native, Paula, have invested in professional equipment that allows Todd to travel to your home or business and perform car maintenance and repairs. Armed with 17 years of experience, Todd can not only change your oil & filter but he also performs a variety of repair and maintenance jobs – at YOUR place. Sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. Take it from this writer’s personal experience, Todd’s a professional. Based on a recommendation from Lisa Sizemore, owner of Beehive ladies consignment boutique in Murrells Inlet, I made an appointment for an oil and filter change. On the set day, Todd was running a little late with another client and politely called to let me know. Very shortly thereafter, his truck and portable repair unit were in the parking lot, and my car was serviced – with no mess left behind. (The repair unit takes the old oil to be recycled.) I didn’t have to miss a bit of work and the price was less than I usually pay. But a simple oil change is not Todd’s limit of expertise. Lisa’s car had needed a little more work than mine. Todd

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Sassy Finds at Sassafras Two dozen miles south of Georgetown on Highway 17, the sleepy fishing village of McClellanville drowses – and waits for your arrival. One of the town’s most unexpected discoveries may well be Sassafras, a retail treasure tucked away in a remarkably lovely spot! Described as a “creative department store,” it really is an unusual mix of shop and gallery. There’s pottery and jewelry, clothing and home adornments. It is a place rich with personality and well worth the drive! Owner Janet Chaytor has spent nearly thirty years representing emerging artists and young companies with a special interest in selling the work of local craftspeople. Environmental awareness may be a new idea for some, but Chaytor has been devoted to the concept as long as she can remember. She’s always gone the extra mile to search for products made with organic fibers, soybased dyes, and safe pottery glazes. (Much of the inventory represents the work of women’s fair-trade cooperatives.) The end result of this endeavor is an experience in color and texture you’ll find hard to resist! Expect a friendly salesperson; that’s a detail for which Sassafras is famous. They’ll help

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Discover Grey Rose Consignment! Grey Rose Consignment is the area’s latest, greatest antique/consignment gallery, and it’s earning a reputation quickly – for quality inventory, fair pricing and an outstanding measure of friendliness. The store is a venture of the heart for Ron and Diane Sowers; they are transplants to the Southern lifestyle, but they’ve been around for a very respectable seventeen years. It’s a “heart venture” for Ron because he loves his wife, a detail he shares with a broad smile. It’s a venture of the heart for Diane because she loves all things consignment. For years, in travels crisscrossing the country, she’s honed an eye for acquisition by haunting auctions and yard sales, consignment shops and neighbors’ attics. “When customers walk into the store I want them to feel as if they are stopping in to visit an old friend,” explains Diane. “And I hope each of them finds something they want to take back home.” And, so Grey Rose is already a success – because it really is impossible to visit without finding at least one something that must leave with you when you go. This writer purchased a mirror circled all around with delicate ironwork. Couldn’t live without it. That simple. Grey Rose carries consigned works by local artists and craftsmen, as well as a wide variety of other high quality merchandise.

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8 Lowcountry Companion You’ll find furniture of all periods and styles, lots of home and personal accessories, crystal and china, jewelry, unexpected art, vintage purses … virtually anything with history. After all, everything and everyone has a story to tell.

dementia. Their mission is to improve the physical, emotional and spiritual wellness of their clients – beginning anew when the doors open each day. Social and therapeutic activities will bring new life to those who have been isolated. And the benefits for caregivers The store does indeed feel a bit like home, so are incalculable. It’s a tough truth to heed but your stories – and your consignments – are if you are a caregiver, you need and deserve welcome too! You’ll meet Ron or Diane or their time of your own in order to be your best self beautiful, bohemian daughter, Ashley – an for the person you love! artist and photographer in her own right. The welcome mat is out Monday through Saturday Whether you are vacationing nearby or live 10 AM to 5 PM. Stop just inside the door to here year round, full and part time options pour yourself a glass of wine. 235.3233 are available to suit your personal caregiving needs. Soteria offers a range of services from salon and spa, daily exercise and stimulating Find Treasures at activities to onsite Rehabilitation and Podiatry. Harbor Specialties Still other services include Geriatric Care Management, private duty caregivers, MD There is no denying Harbor Specialties sports referrals, monitoring of weight and vital signs, a nautical flair, but landlubbers will find scores diabetic and ostomy care and more. of unexpected surprises, too. The shop offers Soteria – located at 21 A Professional Lane in the Waccamaw Neck’s largest selection of Vera Pawleys Island, will work with you to evaluate Bradley’s coveted and brightly colored and the level of care necessary to improve your patterned totes, purses, wallets and stationery. loved one’s quality of life. It may surprise some They recently added flip-flops and towels to know that avoiding institutionalization can to their product line. They also carry Scout be a cost effective – and compassionate – long Bags by Bungalow. Available in a variety of term option. Soteria will also simplify the sizes and cool fabrics, these versatile bags are process of working with insurance companies lightweight and roomy, sturdy and easy to regarding compensation arrangements. They manage – super substitutes for bulky luggage. accept VISA, MasterCard and personal checks. They’re also the perfect green solution for eco-friendly shopping bags. Personalize it Licensed by the SC DHEC as an adult day care with a monogram – done in house. Custom center, Soteria is open ten hours a day, five embroidery is one of Harbor Specialties’ days a week. Meals and snacks? They’ve got specialties! Easy, easy gift idea! it handled. By design, the center is relatively small with exclusive amenities. They can even Located in its own building in the back area of handle transportation if that’s important. They the Hammock Shops, Harbor Specialties is the are currently taking reservations on a first perfect place to find a unique gift or stock up come, first serve basis. Coveted memberships on boat gear. Nautical maps, books, flags and won’t last long. For more information, visit the sportswear line the well-stocked shelves. Visit website at or call soon, and tell them we sent you. Check out 877.216.0603. the website, too,

So-Tay-Ria? Soteria (so-tay-ria), presumably a daughter of Zeus, is a Greek word that means deliverance and safety from harm, and this new adult day care (ADC) center in Pawleys Island aims to deliver exactly that. Brand new and on-trend, Soteria is the area’s first private, locally owned, ADC provider. Dealing with founder and owner, Tracy Horvath – a consummate professional – we’re proud to welcome them to Lowcountry’s pages and Lowcountry’s community. Simply explained, Soteria offers uncompromised, non-institutional care for loved ones suffering from disabilities or

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Have a Heart – Adopt An Animal SC Coastal Animal Rescue and Educational Sanctuary (SC-CARES) is a Wildlife Rescue & Rehab Center, Animal Sanctuary, Environmental Center and a 501(c)3 non-profit public supported charity located in the Georgetown area of SC. (See our Eco-Adventures section for additional detail.) SC-CARES provides a compassionate “no-kill/no-breed” haven for abused, neglected and unwanted exotic animals. Wildlife that cannot be released become goodwill ambassadors for their species


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ages panting for more. Named “Puppy Crack” for its addictive qualities, it’s an all natural, preservative-free cracker made with chicken and beef liver, oats, garlic and spices. It smells so good, pet parents admit being tempted to take a bite. Puppy Crack™ originated with Wendy and Daniel Dorchester of Charleston. Sponsorship Adoptions make great gifts – Because of their love and nutritional concern during the holidays and all year long. Deliver for their dogs, they became interested in a warm, fuzzy with no clean up required! All all natural treats. From their home, they animals in the Sanctuary are up for adoption, perfected a recipe for Puppy Crack™. They and adoptions make great gifts for that hard- got an irrefutable “paws” up from Lucas and to-buy-for person who seems to already have Mickey, their rescued Great Danes. They met everything he/she needs. Adoptions last a full Jan and Brian Lambert – parents of Great Dane year, and – if they choose– foster parents are rescues who just happened to own a local encouraged to spend time with his/her “new bakery baby.” Together, they started Rescue Me Dog Bakery At, please take a few minutes to LLC and brought Puppy Crack™ out of the learn much more than we have space to share kitchen. As an added testimony to their true here. This organization – and its big-hearted love of animals, portions of the profits help leaders Skip and Cindy – is a Lowcountry abused and neglected animals. favorite. Pet Galley has an answer to every pet requirement and lots of “just for fun” things Go to the Galley! too … like breed specific writing pads, Picky pet owners know the Pet Galley (beside pens, toys and the ever-popular “my dog is smarter than …” bumper stickers. Owners Lee’s Farmers Market on Highway 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet), is the place to go for the very Judy and Charlie welcome your questions at finest foods and treats. And, in addition to the 843.651.8644. A better idea would be to make incredible array of edibles and chewables, this time for a visit because there’s too much to tell well-stocked store brims with variety of lots in short order. Be sure to let them know Nancy more than gastronomic goodies. There are Drew’s mom sent you! boutique-beautiful outfits and accessories, as (continued) well as practical items like life vests, seat belts and car seats. If you have a pet issue the Galley probably has advice and an in-stock solution. Rain gear, house training pads, training treats, anti-chewing patches – you’ll find items you didn’t even know you and your pampered pet needed! A new line of treats has pups of all by participating in educational programs. With the help of big-hearted and generous volunteers and donors, SC-CARES sustains a safe caring place in which the animals can enjoy a good quality of life in a healthy, natural environment.

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We offer a variety of services to give our clients the specific care they need : • Theraputic, stimulating activities • Open 10 hours/day 5 days a week • Daily exercise/stretching • Delicious meals and snacks • Podiatry Service • On-site Nurse, Rehab/Therapy • Transportation coordination • Medical Director available for emergencies.


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Spa Será-Paradise Found! When the world seems close to consuming, let the experts at Spa Será come to the rescue. Take a well-deserved break and treat yourself to a relaxing skin, nail or body service – or one of everything! A multitude of facial treatments are on the menu and feature the celebrated Dermalogica™ Professional Product line. Patrons can enjoy customized treatment upgrades that tighten, firm and brighten the complexion. Afterward, prepare to face the world with a mineral makeup consultation using good-for-you Youngblood products. They conceal flawlessly and create a radiant, natural glow. If stiff muscles have you stressed, opt for a relaxing massage. Warm, soft blankets, soothing music, scented candles and soft lighting create the ultimate setting. Spa Sera’s team of massage professionals offer Reflexology, Swedish, prenatal, hot stone and deep tissue techniques.

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Connecting Point also operates a state-ofthe-art training center located at Myrtle Beach’s Market Common. Equipped with 6 iMac workstations, 6 Macbook workstations and a projection system, this location hosts MacIntosh training classes – for amateurs and professionals. Certified Apple™ Trainers are brought in and class offerings vary.


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The service is extraordinary. Randy is at the ready to take your call, 843.267.3458. Please A professional photography studio is available tell him Lowcountry Companion encouraged Computer aficionados know the many for hourly rental. These folks have thought of you to call. advantages of Apple™, or “Mac,” products. everything! The studio’s walls are curved to They’re user-friendly, practically virus- and maintenance-free, and seductively minimalist prevent shadow issues often encountered in Kayaking Rocks angular settings. Call to ask questions about in design. If you’re among the growing number of Apple™ fans, you definitely need to reasonable rates for use of this high-tech Considered a fringe sport just a decade ago, studio. be aware of Connecting Point. some statistics call kayaking the fastestgrowing form of outdoor recreation in the For more information about either location Located in Murrells Inlet off Highway 17 US. Participation is up 183 percent from the call 843.314.4178. Tell them their Mac-lovin’ Bypass – just south and across Highway mid-1990s, eclipsing the 25 percent rise in Lowcountry buddies sent you. 17 from T-Bones Steakhouse – Connecting birdwatching. The sport registered on trend Point is home base to a highly trained team meters so suddenly, virtually every survey of Apple™ Certified Specialists and a retail New Wave Carpet Cleaning before 1994 lumped kayaking with canoeing. shop for Apple™ products. In addition to Rugged, durable, lightweight and inexpensive accessories and software, you’ll find sleek Couples can enjoy the experience together, – plastic kayaks revolutionized the sport. On the advice of a friend, a local resident desktop units, laptops, super-thin MacBooks, recently called on Randy Stephenson of and there’s even an option in which two To make them, powdered resin is poured into iPods and the endlessly useful, tools-of-thetherapists work their masseuse magic New Wave Carpet cleaning to tackle a cream a giant cast aluminum mold, which is heated future – the oh-so-popular iPads. The smaller, colored Berber carpet that had been severely to 550 degrees and rotated slowly on both simultaneously. Since a good massage and redesigned Apple™ TV lets you stream movies, abused by two teenagers (and their unending axes so the melting plastic coats the inside. It regular facials have become routine parts of many folks’ healthy lifestyle habits, Spa Será’s TV shows, music, photos, and more – and all is called rotational molding; hollow chocolate parade of friends), the hairiest cat in the you need is a single cable to set it up. Drop cost-saving spa membership packages are universe and a dog that loves to dig holes and Easter bunnies are made the same way. definitely worth investigation. Please inquire in and check it out! Take the Gold Card and bark at the roots she’s exposed. Randy was submit to temptation! for details. Outdoor clothing has evolved along with undaunted. the boats, to the point that you can paddle The fact that this store is dedicated solely to Body wraps and nail treatments are also very comfortably in winter – especially in the “The carpet industry recommends chemical Apple™ products doesn’t mean you’ll pay among the array of options. For a complete South’s mild climes. Interestingly, the number cleaning versus steam cleaning,” explains more. It is true that you can buy some of list of luxurious ways to relax and rejuvenate, of women enjoying the sport has exploded, Randy. “Steam dumps gallons and gallons the same products at “big box” stores, but – visit or stop by their spacious too – a reality most often attributed to the of water into your carpets – so much it’s especially if you buy in Horry County – you’ll facility in the Island Shops (behind the Mole introduction of boats light enough for them impossible to pull it back out again.” Too end up paying more because of a higher tax Hole). The facility is roomy enough for any to carry. often, the excess water leads to issues with rate – and you won’t have the sage assistance mold – a problem far bigger and more kind of spa party. Wrangle a few friends and of Apple™ Certified Specialists. plan a girls’ day. Gift cretificates are always a Kayaking is great fun for all ages and fitness insidious than dirty carpets. Furthermore, levels. 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Face to Face with Palmetto Ace™ Ace™, a name long associated solely with hardware, paint and yard tools, has expanded its focus. See what we mean at the Pawleys Island location, Palmetto Ace™ Home Center. Unique gifts and a wide variety of attractive indoor and outdoor décor and gadgets are mingled among rugged outdoor wear, fishing gear, Costa Del Mar™ sunglasses, and – of course – hardware, paint and yard tools. You’ll also find beach chairs, fun baskets and totes, Tervis Tumblers™, Big Green Egg™ grills, kids’ stuff, greeting cards, pots and pans, birdhouses, patio furniture – the list is long and a visit is a must. Grab a bag of popcorn from the old fashioned machine at the front and take a tour. Expect to be impressed by the wide variety of products and – most of all – by the staff. The folks at Palmetto Ace™ Home Center aim to please. Unlike an impersonal franchised store, Palmetto Ace™ Home Center is locally owned and personally operated by proprietor Charles Biddix. Charles’ desk is perched behind a big window in his upstairs office where he constantly monitors activity on the floor to make sure things run smoothly. Juggling phone calls, e-mails, meetings and more, he’s an energetic hands-on owner whose primary goal is exemplary customer service. “We’re not a big-box home improvement store,” says Charles. “We’re here to personally help our customers solve problems.” The staff is prompt, knowledgeable and pleasant – with customers and with each other. Together, they form an award-winning team of professionals at your service. Their top-notch care has helped Ace™ earn the coveted J.D. Power award for home retail stores – four years in a row! Since 1968, J.D. Power and Associates has been conducting quality and customer satisfaction research based on survey responses from millions of consumers worldwide. Their stamp of approval is trusted, and something to be proud of, indeed. For all your home care needs and fun shopping, too, head to Palmetto Ace™ Home Center. There are gift ideas galore for all occasions. Please let them know you read it here.

Harvest A Deal Too often, White Harvest Trading Company remains a secret because of its off-the-beaten track location on the corner of Petigru and Commerce Drives in Pawleys Island. Everyone who discovers the place, though, is quickly infected with an unassailable case of enthusiasm. White Harvest Trading was established as a marketplace for an amazing wealth of goods handmade by loving Chinese and South Asian craftspeople. Since the early days, their work has expanded with offices open and operating in Laos and Hanoi, Vietnam, Istanbul, Turkey and – newest on the list – India!

A beautiful selection of imported baskets take center stage, but that’s far from the whole story. There’s freshwater pearl jewelry, seagrass rugs and other handmade items. There are pet carriers, pretty trays, storage boxes, clothes hampers, wastebaskets, candles and Christian products, as well as pashmina shawls and scarves, embroidered tea towels and napkins, artwork galore, Chinese porcelain figurines, handmade coasters, handmade bookmarks, handmade purses, doormats, bamboo mats, placemats, cabana pillow cushions and silk pillows Be sure to check out a seasonal line of Christmas products. You can shop online at See pictures and learn more about the gentle people who actually make the products that end up gracing the shelves at White Harvest. Despite a great website though, we recommend hands-on shopping whenever possible. At the main light in Pawleys Island, turn west (away from the ocean) and take the second right onto Petigru. Travel approximately half a mile. White Harvest is on the right, on the corner of Petigru and Commerce. (Just down the street from the Waccamaw Neck Library.) By the way, November 15 is Customer Appreciation Day at White Harvest Trading Company. Take 25% off everything in the store and help raise funds for an upcoming mission to China. Enjoy free refreshments, and a bake sale, too. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM. On Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, they will be open late – until 7 PM! Please tell the friendly face who serves you Lowcountry Companion piqued your interest.

Beachcombers … Please? A long, lazy walk on the beach is undoubtedly one of life’s most simple pleasures. Salt breezes and tumbling surf have the power to put things in perspective for stressed out grown-ups. And there is nothing more heartwarming than a child running down the beach and splashing through tide pools to excitedly point out discoveries of sea creatures and shells. As you and yours relish your time at the beach, please remember our coastlines are an important part of the environment. Take away a few pretty shells and bits of seaweed. If, however, you are lucky enough to find living starfish, sea urchins and fiddler crabs, don’t haul them home in a bucket. Leave them behind in their natural habitat and help maintain a healthy, viable habitat for all the living things that make their homes in and around the water’s edge. (continued)

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Marina Village on Winyah Bay If you’re looking for a special place to live in the SC Lowcountry, find your way home to Marina Village at Belle Isle. These luxury condominiums on the banks of Winyah Bay offer spectacular views, first-class amenities and the historic significance of Battery White—all just minutes from the port of Georgetown. Whether you’re a fishing enthusiast, boater, beach lover, or all of the above, Marina Village has something you’ll treasure, with prices starting in the $300s. Enjoy the 80-slip marina and restaurant, new swimming pool and yacht club (available for group events), tennis courts and clubhouse and the natural beauty that defines Belle Isle. History buffs will enjoy strolling through historic Battery White, a Civil War battlement that shares the landscape with Marina Village and neighboring Belle Isle Yacht Club. Marina. Village residents even share access to the community’s private Pawleys Island beach house.

Lowcountry Companion 11 and restaurants must complete an audit regarding their compliance with a specific set of eco-initiatives … Properties are rated based on their compliance with these initiatives, from a single Palmetto tree to three Palmetto trees.” An average of seventy to eighty percent of every restaurant’s waste is recyclable, making the industry a prime candidate for leadership in the green movement. Anne Hardee was inspired by a trip to Europe, “I went to Italy, and they recycle everything,” she said. “We have to protect and nurture our environment.” Read more about Bistro 217’s great food and atmosphere in Lowcountry’s Dining Section. Now we all have another reason – not that we needed one! – to appreciate and return often to this fabulous restaurant in the heart of Pawleys Island. This information was originally reported by Becky Billingsley of Go to the website to receive her weekly e-newsletter.

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Maintaining the pristine beauty of Belle Isle’s waterfront community is a commitment shared by the Marina Village development team and all Belle Isle residents. By preserving the historic landscape and incorporating such environmentally-friendly features as pervious paving, Marina Village blends comfortably into its breathtaking surroundings.

Built around 1740, the Stewart-Parker House is located at 1019 Front Street in Georgetown, next door to the Kaminski House Museum. Lots of folks don’t know that tours of the house are available along with the Kaminski House Museum tour. The house is also available for meetings, parties and makes an excellent location for an intimate wedding!

The well-appointed Marina Village model is available for private tours by Starr Skotnicki, broker-in-charge at Belle Isle Realty, LLC, which exclusively represents the property. All units include upscale features and finishes like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and crown molding. Don’t forget to ask Starr about seasonal specials designed to make owning a Marina Village at Belle Isle condo even more enticing.

Originally constructed as a Georgian style brick house with fifteen-inch thick walls, the house has been altered several times to its present Federal style. Local tradition has it that George Washington was entertained in this house during his tour of the South in 1791.

Now’s a great time to visit Marina Village at Belle Isle. You won’t believe the views. For more information, contact Starr at 843.527.2722 or

Bistro 217 … Green Pioneers Thank heavens, some restaurateurs are so dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint, they pay a commercial service to pick up and recycle their waste. Anne Hardee of Bistro 217 in Pawleys Island deserves kudos for using Fisher Recycling to recycle 70% of her restaurant’s waste, including glass, plastic, aluminum, paper and cardboard. Choosing to have restaurant trash recycled is one step that can help a business become certified as a green business through the SC Hospitality Association’s Green Hospitality Alliance. The Hospitality Association’s website explains, “To be a member of the SC Green Hospitality Alliance, hotels

Today the Stewart-Parker House is owned by the Colonial Dames of America in SC and is operated by the City of Georgetown under the Kaminski House Museum. The furnishings in the house are reproductions. For more information, call the Kaminski House Museum at 843.546.7706.

Did You Know? Georgetown has a beautiful Hebrew cemetery. The circa 1772 graveyard was begun by SC’s second oldest Jewish community. In the center of the cemetery, older graves are turned toward the east so the buried would face Jerusalem. In later years, due to lack of space, graves were laid perpendicular to the cemetery’s wrought iron boundaries. The cemetery is usually locked, but it is easily viewed from the sidewalk at 400 Broad Street. (continued)


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Inspired Shopping If you need a gift, one of your first shopping stops should always be Pawleys Island’s Lazy Fish. Located across from the Holiday Inn Express on Highway 17 Business, the store’s beach-inspired, cottage-chic shelves are brimming with fun, inspirational items perfect for all sorts of occasions. Always in tune with the season, holiday-appropriate items are always a big part of the store’s funky shore-themed décor. A large collection of whimsical hand-painted metal signs pass on fun messages from “You’re in Steeler Country” to “Welcome, Y’all” and “What Happens on the Porch Stays on the Porch.” Clearly, the from-Pittsburgh owners are cozying into their new southern home and its customs. If you enjoy decorating and entertaining or both, the versatility of Fish offerings is delightfully diverse. From large to small, they offer it all. While you’re admiring some stemware or an artsy vase or bowl, don’t overlook whatever piece of furniture it occupies – chances are, it’s for sale, too. Fun party napkins and greeting cards, (including a line of Lilly Pulitzer), too-cute doggiethemed merchandise, bright Pine Cone Hill sheets, pillows and PJs (an Oprah fav), funky hand-painted wine and martini glasses, beautiful jewelry, beachy art, shiny heavy aluminum serving pieces, creative wind art – the choices are extensive and delightfully imaginative. It hard to walk in or out again without a broad, happy smile. Visit soon, and tell the owners, Mark and Debby Ickes, we sent you. If you’re lucky, the store mascot, Mollie the Boxer, will be around to offer a sweet if squirming hello. Oh – as a bonus, cash purchases earn a ten percent discount!

Palmetto Weight Management Help with More than Pounds! During eighteen years as a gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Lori Lyles was constantly faced with questions about her patients’ weight concerns. Eventually she decided to focus her medical career on weight management. For nearly five years, she advised and treated hundreds of men and women at weight-loss facilities in Charleston. Now, however, there’s no need to drive

South to the Holy City because Dr. Lyles owns and operates her own independent practice in Georgetown. “We celebrate the human body and its amazing ability to survive and thrive despite the stresses of daily life,” she says. “Weight management is something all of us have dealt with and understand … The aim of our entire staff is to provide a friendly, supportive environment where patients feel welcome.” The Center’s medically-supervised, wholebody program uses a variety of strategies, including nutrition education, protein supplements, behavior modification, exercise and medications, when needed. Personal attention is at the core of the Center’s services; every client’s weight loss program is customized. Dr. Lyles and the staff answer questions and evaluate your health as you progress. As you begin to change what you eat and make basic lifestyle adjustments, it is their goal for you to be able to decrease or even eliminate the need for prescription medications for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and a host of other medical conditions. There’s no better time than now to take control of your weight. Take happiness and health into your own hands and call today, 843.545.0222 to schedule your initial appointment and consultation. While you’re there, ask about Botox and Latisse®, the latest, greatest prescription for growing longer, fuller, darker lashes. Please tell Dr. Lyles you read about her in Lowcountry Companion. Palmetto Weight Management Center is located at 2199 N. Fraser Street in Georgetown.

Seek Unique? The Hammock Shops Village got its start way back in 1938 with a great hammock. Today, more than seventy years later, the same quality that characterizes the world-famous Pawleys Island rope hammock can be found in more than twenty delightfully different shops and restaurants. From handcrafted collectibles and jewelry to distinctive fashion and tempting Lowcountry cuisine, every exceptional shop and eatery is selected for quality, reputation and unique appeal.

The Hammock Shops Village, one of the area’s best loved landmarks, is located on Highway 17 in Pawleys Island. It is open daily, seven days a week.

Give the Gift of Art & Nature For birthdays, holidays and special occasions, a Brookgreen Gardens membership is an affordable and singularly unforgettable gift — for you and everyone else on your list. An individual partnership is only $60 and a family partnership costs only $30 more. Members enjoy free admission to the Gardens, invitations to seasonal events and special programs, a subscription to the Brookgreen Journal and Garden Path newsletter, and discounts in the Keepsakes gift shop, Pavilion Restaurant and Courtyard Café. You can purchase memberships at Brookgreen Gardens, online at www., or by phone at 843.235.6015.

We Love Our Shady Ladies It’s abundantly clear when you walk into the Shades and Draperies showroom that Sharon Davis and Sandy Sheely love what they do. Some may find it surprising, but this mother/daughter duo has been working together an amazing thirty years. They act a lot like sisters and finish one another’s sentences. When discussing an idea, one talks while the other scurries away to find exactly the right sample – yet there was never a word of instruction as to which sample should be pulled. They are friendly to a fault and not shady in the slightest; at Lowcountry we just like to call them that. It always elicits a chuckle. Don’t let the business name fool you. Sharon and Sandy create lots more than window treatments. That’s a cornerstone of the business, of course, and they can mastermind absolutely any kind – from lavish to simple, from curtains to every conceivable kind of blinds. But they also create splendid bed coverings and exquisitely upholstered pieces from big, comfortable club chairs to custom headboards. They offer exquisitely crafted hardware, too. And their selection of fabrics numbers in the hundreds of thousands – and that’s no typo. Many of them are one-of-a-kind. The showroom is, in truth, a veritable toy shop for grownups. (continued)

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A mark of distinction is the fact that they are one of only four hundred Hunter Douglas Galleries in the country. And they were recently chosen to be a service center too! Thirty years in the business lends a measure of credibility that’s hard to find, and they are justifiably proud. “We take pride in making sure every project is uniquely suited to our client’s taste and style,â€? said Sandy. “It is our job to make sure the finished product reflects the client’s personality, not what we like and not what is most trendy at the time.â€? Sandy also wants folks to know that they’re willing to work with clients over a period of time. “If you can’t afford to deck out a whole room at once, we are very willing to tackle small projects one at a time so you get what you want at a pace you can manage.â€? Sharon, the mom, mentions how satisfying and fun it is to work with different generations from the same family. “After thirty years, the kids and grandchildren of some of our earliest clients are still coming back to us ‌ and referrals among family and friends truly are our number one source of business.â€? She goes on to tell the story of a client who owns a vacation home nearby. The woman called, all the way from New Jersey, panicked that she’d left her stove on. “Since we were decorating in the home, we had keys, so we happily trudged over to be sure the stove was off.â€? She laughs, “We make sure our clients become our friends.â€? There’s so much to tell about Shades and Draperies, it’s difficult to find a place to end

their story. Know they have anything and everything you’re looking for – and they can customize it all. There are selections at every price point, many of which are very competitively priced. They have all the latest, greatest energy efficient, low maintenance and motorized shades and blinds and beautiful patterned sheers like nothing you remember from your grandmother’s house. The Silhouette – combination shade, sheer and blind – is a personal favorite. They boast a team of workers they’ve worked with for decades – which translates into unbeatable quality and attention to detail. Check out the website at Shades & Draperies is on Hwy. 17 Bypass, two miles north of Brookgreen Gardens, and three miles south of Inlet Square Mall. Phone 843.651.8177, or better yet, stop by the showroom to meet the girls and wish them a happy thirtieth anniversary!

There’s PlunderwareŽ Upriver! One man’s trash is another man’s PlunderwareŽ. PlunderwareŽ? Read on – and reuse. Chris Thomas, an accomplished art director and owner of Upriver Studio, has a remarkable talent for recycling found and discarded items to fashion whimsical – and often useful – pieces of art. His PlunderwareŽ collection – a line of sculptural art designed from “found or given objects� – is created from what he calls “his personal trash pile collection. �Showcased occasionally in select local galleries, his work should be seen to be fully understood. He uses odd bits of wood,


metal, finials and discarded hardware to create intriguing, three-dimensional works of art. He calls it “the art of reusing.� Those who see it call it “captivating� – and quite a clever display of artistic aptitude. I am fortunate to be his friend so I can sometimes watch. Truly, it is amazing to witness him fit pieces together that were never meant to fit.

newly acquired, will become a birthday gift soon. It is a birdhouse fashioned from an old metal gas can, chipped clothespins (the really old-fashioned kind), a discarded faucet for a perch and – get this – a lemon squeezer for a porch roof. This is recycling at its absolute best. Only the finest of artists could mastermind PlunderwareŽ.

A year or so ago, Chris donated one of his pieces – an elaborate birdhouse nearly three feet tall – to a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser called “Featherin’ Our Nests.� Chris and other local artists donated birdhouses that were auctioned with proceeds benefiting the local Georgetown Habitat chapter.

If you’ve got old junk to share ‌ discarded hardware, decorative wood scraps, lawn mower blades, all manner of assorted stuff, call Chris at 843.235.9524, or contact him by email at upriverstudio@earthlink, and discuss the particulars. He welcomes every opportunity to collect almost anything. The website is

“When I heard about this fundraiser, I knew I had to donate that birdhouse,â€? said Chris. “I retrieved the piece from a gallery in Conway where it was already available for sale ‌ I feel fortunate it had not sold because I believe this auction was its destiny.â€? The foundation of the elaborate piece was a child-size pair of wooden crutches – something Chris felt was “a symbol of support that tied naturally with the support Habitat for Humanity offers to our less fortunate neighbors.â€?!

His art elicits big grins and is easy to spot – impossible not to spot, in fact; the Habitat piece drew a respectable sum and Chris was pleased as a kid at Christmas. Now I have my own piece of his art, a painted wooden birdhouse with a sparkly old brooch atop a brass hinge for porch dÊcor, a bracelet for the doorway and a painted door stop serving as front perch. Another piece,

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Blooming Strong Greenskeeper Florist in Pawleys Island has been whipping up distinctive arrangements for a long, long time, but they have a reputation that won’t stop growing. Lately, their wedding and event planning capabilities have been earning accolades as impressive as those earned for the bountiful flowers on which they staked their fame. “Lately, we’ve enjoyed a flurry of brides who trust us to help them from start to finish …” says Denise, resident designer and master of detail. “From save the date cards, to shower minutiae, rehearsal dinners, wedding invitations and programs, personalized napkins, guest books, ring bearer pillows, champagne flutes, unique favors and follow-up thank you notes, we can handle it all in one place, with one stop.” Visit and sign up for the “whole package.” The shop carries a large assortment of imprintable invitations with fast turn around (sometimes same day!) as well as custom invitations from William Arthur, Vera Wang and Carlson Craft. There’s also a tempting collection of home décor and gifts, do-ityourself gift basket items ranging from food products to necessary indulgences for relaxation. The selection of candles is to-diefor. Greenleaf aromatic diffusers are too. Caspari napkins, plates, cards, and gift wrap continue to be an especially popular line. From invitations, to thank-you stationery, photo albums and home decor to memorable gifts of every shape, size and price point, Greenskeeper is a muststop. Soon. It’s an especially smart stop for Christmas shopping. Bring your list; they’ll do the rest. If you have questions, please call 843.237.2013 and tell them Lowcountry sent you.

Birding with the Audubon Shop In a fast-paced world characterized by mobile phones, laptops and handheld Global Positioning Systems, the tranquil act of watching birds is among the nation’s fastest growing sports. For too many years, birdwatching bore the reputation of an activity limited to retirees. The truth is very different. Birders – a term preferred to the less hip “birdwatchers” – come in all shapes,


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sizes and ages. It is a multigenerational sport perfect for a society looking to share life’s simpler pleasures with those they love most. Since natural food supplies are more scarce in cooler months, November to April is a perfect time to launch an interest in birds. The lure of a well-supplied feeder will quickly prove irresistible – to them and to you. (Woodpeckers enjoy suet. Chickadees and wrens like small grain. Cardinals love sunflower seeds.) Add a bird bath for bathing and drinking and a birdhouse or two, and you’re well on your way to addiction – a healthy addiction ! The Audubon Shop is the perfect first stop to start pursuing the passion. Start smart and get to know your own backyard birds with field guides by Audubon, Stokes and Peterson. Feeders of all shapes and sizes – some made by hand and others that are certifiably squirrel-proof – make choosing a difficult proposition. And they carry all sorts of premium bird food that proven to attract more birds. Thanks to a selection of CDs and a handheld “Identiflyer,” you can even learn to recognize different bird songs. It’s easier – and more relaxing – than you think. Lest you wonder, though, there’s much, much more to shop for at Audubon, too. Along with all the latest, greatest birding paraphernalia, The Audubon Shop carries the entire line of Burt’s Bees natural skin care line. (Once you try it, you’ll never settle for less.) The Gallery is full to the brim with lots of local photography and artwork, beautiful lamps and more than there is room to disclose here. The Educational Kids Room is THE perfect place for last minute gifts. Because the inventory is educational, you won’t feel guilty buying scads of fun stuff – from puppets that quack and croak to water rockets and (every child’s favorite) rubber snakes and toads. Owner, Diane Rastello, is one of the finest, kindest proprietors on Lowcountry’s advertising roster. Although born in Ohio, she’s certifiably Southern at heart. The ocean was and still is a place she finds peace – which is why she decided to move to Pawleys in 2000. The Audubon Shop was up for sale and she snapped it up as a fresh start to a new life; she’s never looked back. Diane’s goal is to have her customers “enter as strangers, and leave as friends.” She succeeds time and again.

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Mother Nature’s Children Four local kids started a recycling business called Mother Nature’s Children about a year ago, and we’re delighted to report they are still going strong. Lowcountry is happy to give them a plug, because they pick up our recyclables and we love it. It has made it so much easier to “do the right thing” with regard to discarding our waste. These savvy youngsters got the idea when they noticed that many of their own family members didn’t recycle because of the inconvenience involved. Here’s how it works, for a couple of bucks a week – it varies depending on how much you recycle – they arrange a time to pick up your recyclables right at your home on either Saturday or Sunday of every week. You don’t even have to sort the items. No need to fit time in your busy schedule to take items to the recycling center. Finally, recycling made simple! Philanthropic, as well as visionary, these guys donate a portion of their proceeds to earth saving causes. Please check out their website, or send an email to greenertoday4us@yahoo. com for further details. Learn more, and then help these savvy kids spread the word!


WorkInn for Computer Solutions Small business owners and PC aficionados rejoice! Reliable sales and service for business computer systems is now available in the Pawleys Island/Litchfield Beach area. If you’re a business owner who hasn’t had your computer’s technology regularly checked and updated, it’s high time for a thorough inspection. If your computer system is showing signs of trouble—processing is slower, you can’t access important information, you frequently receive error messages—you need a troubleshooting expert. If you’re opening a new business that requires an IT network, you need to be sure to have the proper security in place from the start. WorkInn’s Technical Specialist Don Reid, has worked in the information technology field for more than fifteen years. Take it from one who knows, he’s an expert at detecting computer problems and returning PCs and computer networks to their full operating potential. If a new system is what you need, he can get your business’ computers up and running smoothly. He can also order related equipment and set up operating systems that are stable and secure. For more information about personal and small business computer sales, repair and service, contact Don Reid at 843.235.8775 or visit the WorkInn website at www.WorkInn. net. WorkInn is located on DaGullah Way, between the North and South Causeways – just off of Hwy 17 in Pawleys Island. Look for Surf the Earth’s kayaks! WorkInn is in the same complex. (continued)

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Tiny tykes to the young at heart, there truly is something for everyone at The Audubon Shop. This persnickety writer can’t go in without purchasing something for self, daughter, family member or friend. The inventory is impressive and sure to fit the bill – no matter what the bill calls for. Tell them Lowcountry sent you.


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Grocery Shopping Goes Green Thousands of sea turtles choke every year on plastic bags mistaken for jellyfish, their favored fare. Around the world, between four and five trillion plastic bags are used over the course of every twelve months. Each one takes between five hundred and one thousand years to decompose. Many end up in our oceans threatening and destroying wildlife ecosystems. For a staggering wakeup call, Google “Great Pacific Garbage Dump.” At long last, a reusable grocery bag system – masterminded by Kristin Brown, a local resident – is debuting at Piggly Wiggly in Litchfield as well as at many other grocers across the country. Pardon the pun, but My Eco Bag is taking a bite out of the crime inherent in those ubiquitous plastic bags – and paper bags, too. Brown, a consultant for the Environmental Agency (USEPA), comments “The only long term sustainable option for the environment is reuse … There are negatives to both plastic and paper bags. Paper bags devastate forests and create water and air pollution, while plastic bags blow around littering our environment.” The My Eco Bag System is an interconnected system of four convenient shopping bags in a single storage/tote system. The smallest bag is designed to hold glass bottles and j

jars. Fabric bands keep glass from clanging together. The medium bag is designed with an insulated liner to pack chilled and frozen foods. A zipper close helps hold temperature from shopping to home. The largest bag is designed for fruits and vegetables; this bag sports an antibacterial liner that’s easy to wipe clean. An extra large bag is designed to hold all other groceries. Kristin’s own father created the plastic grocery bag in the 70s. His invention – and the resounding “plastic or paper” question – changed consumer behavior. Four decades later, history is very possibly repeating itself. Thanks to Kristin’s My Eco bag system, cashiers and baggers are charting a new path toward sustainability with the question, “Did you bring your bag today?” A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the My Eco Bag System at the Piggly Wiggly in Litchfield will be donated to the grocer’s school partner, Waccamaw Elementary. A portion of sales will also be donated to SC Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts (SCUTE). For more information about My Eco Bag System, call 1.888.ECO.8048 or visit

Lake Views … And The Easy Life Uniquely designed to meet the changing needs of today’s active seniors, The Lakes at Litchfield is a dream-come-true retirement community. Close to beaches, peaceful

nature trails, and unhurried golf, the community offers a private clubhouse and wonderful neighbors that makes this a world unto itself. The Lakes at Litchfield is much more than a place to retire; it is uniquely designed to meet the changing needs of interesting and energetic seniors. Living facilities are as private as you want, and you design your own home. Even well-mannered pets are allowed. Onsite healthcare and a host of support services make independent living a reality far into the golden years. Essential services include weekly housekeeping, fitness programs, hairstyling, computer and library access and dry cleaning, too. Lunch is available daily in the dining room. Enjoy happy hour with friends, cooking classes, wine tastings, bridge, Bible studies, culturally-inspired outings, fourstar dining facilities, custom meals … the list is lengthy. Transportation for running errands, doctor appointments, and trips to church is available, too. “Independence when you want it and assistance if you need it” – there’s all you need to know. Call 843.235.3777 or 800.684.7866 to ask questions, or do your own research at www.

Better and Healthier Brick House Farms has been providing its patrons with farm fresh foods since 1943. A fourth-generation family farm in Gaffney, SC, they’re on the cutting edge of a food movement that’s sweeping the country – a movement away from industrial farming and reconnecting us to our agrarian roots. “Through sustainable agriculture practices and eco-friendly management, our goal is to preserve some of the very rare heritage breeds that are so important in maintaining genetic diversity, while providing you and your family with wonderful, farm fresh all-natural foods,” says Jim Lyle, farmer extraordinaire. Truth is, we don’t really know what great meat tastes like anymore. Over the last fifty years, mass production has demanded specialized breeds valued for high production value rather than taste. According to “Rare Breeds” by Francine Maroukian, a June 2010 article in Garden and Gun magazine, “… Our livestock no longer reflects the air and land and water that once sustained it. Over time, we entered the era of a new national blandness.” Sean Brock, chef at McCrady’s in Charleston, SC, is quoted

Lowcountry Companion 15 in the article: “I tasted my first heritage chicken—nothing like any chicken I ever tasted before—and it made me angry,” Brock says. “It isn’t fair that breeding livestock has become a monopoly—that corporations can actually trademark an animal or own its genetics—and we are forced to live with homogenized taste.” The same principle holds true for beef, pork and even eggs. Here at Lowcountry we couldn’t agree more, and we’re delighted to add Brick House Farms to our roster of advertisers. The Lyles – a hard-working twosome with three children – raise Red Wattle and Berkshire Pork, Angus and Devon Beef, Label Rouge and Delaware Chickens, Black Spanish and Narragansett Turkeys and fresh, free-range eggs. Their eggs have less cholesterol and more Omega-3’s than commercially available eggs. The animals are pasture raised with no hormones, steroids, antibiotics, or animal by-products. Their cows are not given grain, and are frequently rotated to fresh pastures. Their poultry is raised outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. The pigs forage on their own, rooting around in the earth, and, ultimately, tasting the way they were meant to taste. The majority of the world’s farm animals currently live in miserable factory conditions, raised using production line methods. High output is achieved by subjecting the animals to intense and prolonged suffering. They live short, barren lives, spent in cages, crates, overcrowded sheds and narrow stalls. They cannot eat, exercise or form relationships as they are meant to. In some cases, they live without daylight. The poor conditions often cause animals to become seriously ill – so antibiotics are used to keep them alive long enough to produce food. Factory farms are also characterized by forced growth rates, which cause the animals terrible suffering. There is no guarantee of a humane death. Google “factory farming and health,” and you’ll find a wealth of eye-opening information. It’s not a pretty picture. In the meantime, become a steward of traditional agriculture by placing an order with Brick House Farms. They deliver! The meat may cost a bit more, but it tastes better and is far healthier. Check out the website at or call 864.490.7108. You can also reach Jim and Eve by email at TheLyleFamily@ The difference in taste will surprise you.

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ECO Adventures Each ach and every season, the Lowcountry’s natural beauty delivers unforgettable adventure. Memorize the sight and sound of waves breaking on white beaches. An astonishing collection of wildlife and impressive vistas lay in wait on every shore, down countless creeks, in every marsh and along endless ribbons of river. Everywhere, all around, in woodlands and maritime forests, live oaks and native palmettos grow side by side. Drop a line and catch crabs for dinner. Ask a local to demonstrate the perfect technique for gigging flounder. Even in winter, you can wrap yourself in a blanket and nap in a hammock or bask in sunshine at the edge of a dune. Take time to notice the ocean’s moods and colors; they are never the same.

If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it. Lyndon B. Johnson SURFING, CANOEING & KAYAKING SC’s Lowcountry is richly blessed with hundreds of miles of creeks, streams, rivers, rice canals, cypress swamps and coast marshes. Give shape to an adventure all your own by turning to Lowcountry Companion’s favorite ecotourism experts.

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Many are pleasantly surprised to learn that participation requires only a moderate level of physical fitness. First timers have no trouble paddling the area’s gentle waterways (no waterfalls or rapids) with their guide’s safety and paddling instruction. Children younger than thirteen ride in tandem kayaks to assist with their parent’s paddling. Typically, reservations are required at least a day in advance for the half-day tours.

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Guided kayak fishing tours are also available. An experienced kayak fishing guide will take you to the area’s hottest spots for reeling ‘em in. Fresh and saltwater trips are available in varied locations throughout Georgetown, Black River Outdoors Center is the Grand Strand’s first and Pawleys Island, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Little Pee Dee and Socastee. Call the Outdoors Center for longest-serving outfitter for paddlers seeking to explore more information about scheduling a fishing tour. Kayak the varied ecological communities that make up the Tidelands of SC. Since 1994, trained naturalists have guided and canoe rentals at the best area rates are available either by the day or at discounted weekly rates (fifth day visitors in wide and stable solo (one person) and tandem (two-person) recreational kayaks into blackwater swamps, of rental free!). Weekly rentals get free delivery to beach houses from Murrells Inlet through Pawleys Island and If you are a resident, enrich life by taking time to explore salt marsh creeks, and rice plantation canals and creeks. Georgetown. Life jackets, paddles, and car-top carriers are the natural resources afforded you. If you’re visiting, Year round guided kayak explorations include Black River included. choose as many things to do as time permits – then Swamp and Sandy Island Preserves, both managed by The Black River Outdoors retail store is stocked with a large consult the calendar and make plans to return as Nature Conservancy, Chicora Wood’s plantation canals quickly as you can. This trip, every trip, there will be a and creeks, Murrells Inlet and Huntington Beach saltwater selection of kayaks, canoes, paddling accessories, maps book. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from warm welcome waiting in our corner of the world. Hold marsh creeks,and Georgetown’s historic harbor. Naturalists and will enlighten you with stories of the area’s history as well 9 AM to 5:30 PM. (Sorry, they close on Sundays). For more tight to Lowcountry Companion Companion!! Everyone knows it’s information and/or to review kayaking tour schedule, visit as enhance your observation of wildlife. the area’s most comprehensive resource for the South the website at Strand’s natural pleasures. (continued)

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but guests are asked to stay away from the eastern quarter of the Island where more than a hundred residents — descendants of former slaves — make their home. For additional information, including landing locations Surf The Earth is Pawleys Island’s only surf, skate and kayak outfitter. Surf The Earth’s Surf and trail guides, contact the number listed above. Better still, see the Nature Conservancy Shop offers a full range of rentals with free local delivery. Rental products include a variety website for details. Type Sandy Island Preserve of surfboards and kayaks for the entire family. in the search box. Seasonally, the options vary but surf lessons, surf camps, and kayak tours are available for Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center kids of all ages – including the grown-up kind. Southeast of Georgetown

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Surf The Earth’s retail location features hundreds of in-stock surfboards, a full range of kayaks, surfboats and Hobie Pedal Boats. The Custom Beach Cruisers from Nirve bikes, and the largest selection of top surf brands bring out the bohemian set in droves. Bikinis, sandals, sunglasses, bodyboards, skimboards, and jewelry are among many tempting wares. On the Marsh Side delivers private naturalistguided kayak trips to explore area marsh and inlets. Please call in advance for reservations. Surf The Earth is located on the east side of Highway 17, a half-mile south of Pawleys Island’s North Causeway. Retail hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Loads more awaiting your discovery on the website – and on location. Please tell Scott we sent you.

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Historically considered one of the most outstanding gifts to wildlife conservation in North America, the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center was willed to DNR in 1976 by the late Tom Yawkey, former owner of the Boston Red Sox. Comprised of 31 square miles of marsh, managed wetlands, ocean beach, longleaf pine and maritime forests, the preserve is principally dedicated as a wildlife preserve, research area and waterfowl refuge. It includes three coastal islands at the mouth of Winyah Bay: North and South Islands and most of Cat Island. In addition to protecting game species such as white-tailed deer and wild turkey, the Yawkey Center is a haven for nongame and endangered species. A diversity of habitats supports over 200 species of birds. An unusual number of raptorial birds frequent the area to rest during migration, to nest or to feed. They include hawks, ospreys, peregrine falcons, golden and bald eagles. (continued)

Located near Brookgreen Gardens, Sandy Island is a unique land form that supports a diverse assemblage of natural communities. Bordered by the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers, this “island in time” is characterized by a topography of meandering creeks, dozens of trails, enormous trees, uncommon plant communities, black bears and one of the rarest birds on earth — the red-cockaded woodpecker. Steep, sandy dunes, forty feet above sea level, represent the County’s highest elevations. At more than 9,000 acres, the island is a complex tangle of wetland and upland communities. The 1,100 acres of wetlands along the Waccamaw River, on the east side of Sandy Island, were converted to rice plantations during the 1800s. A few remnant impoundments and water control structures used for rice culture are still intact. There is no bridge to Sandy Island, but there are four public boat landings near the island on the Waccamaw and Pee Dee rivers. The public is welcome during daylight hours,


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The uplands on the Yawkey Center protect a diversity of plant species and provide habitat for small mammals such as raccoons, fox squirrels and otters. The federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker inhabits the longleaf pine uplands of the preserve. Because the Yawkey Center’s beaches are undisturbed, they provide protected feeding and resting areas for various seabirds including the brown pelican, least terns and the federally threatened piping plover, as well as excellent nesting locations for the federally threatened loggerhead sea turtle.

occupation, early European settlement, colonial naval stores and indigo plantations, the sad truth of slavery and nineteenth century production of rice, early twentieth century ownership by Bernard Baruch of New York, and the visionary conservation efforts of his daughter, Belle, who created the Foundation. Well before her death in 1964, Belle recognized Hobcaw Barony as the perfect outdoor laboratory. (For a fascinating read about a woman “before her time,” read Baroness of Hobcaw, The Life of Belle Baruch, published by the University of SC Press and available at the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center.)

nesting loggerhead sea turtles, countless shorebirds, canvasbacks, ring-necked ducks and migratory songbirds. Every day from sunrise to sunset, the Refuge is open for activities that include saltwater fishing, shelling, bird watching, hiking, photography and limited hunting. The only facilities accessible by automobile are at the Sewee Visitor & Environmental Center and Garris Landing. Points of interest include Bull Island, Bull Bay, Cape Island and Lighthouse Island where two lighthouses, no longer operational, still stand.

Coastal Expeditions Inc. (843.884.7684), a contracted concessionaire, provides The Preserve is not open for traditional passenger boat service from Garris Landing public use. There is one guided three-hour In order to preserve the property’s integrity to Bull Island. The Island’s serpentine creeks tour on Wednesdays. Visits are free, but and intended use as a research facility, public and hummocks are reputed to have once reservations must be made as much as six access is offered only through staff-guided served as hideouts for pirates plundering months in advance. Participants are escorted tours and programs. Van tours – focused ships along the coast. Ruins of an “Old Fort” throughout the property in a comfortable, on the history of Hobcaw Barony – are are probably the remnants of a lookout tower fourteen-passenger bus. Well worth it if you scheduled Tuesday through Friday. Cost built in the early 1700s. British warships used can snag a seat! is $20 per person, and reservations are the island as a resupplying station during the essential. Revolutionary War. ecosystems and habitats and include birding, biking, kayaking, seining, and nature walks. The Reserve co-sponsors special events with the Discovery Center; please visit or or call 843.546.4623 for more information about public programs. This is an off-the-beaten path treasure that’s worth every effort.

Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center Hwy. 17, North of Charleston 843.928.3368

Engage all your senses while experiencing a priceless slice of SC’s Lowcountry. The Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center is window to the Francis Marion National Forest and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. There’s no better place to whet your Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center Hobcaw’s fantastic, new Discovery Center is There are sixteen miles of trail on the sixappetite for the region’s heritage and natural Hwy. 17, Georgetown now open. At more than 10,000 square feet, mile-long, two-mile-wide island. Noteworthy history. 843.546.4623 it houses exciting research and educational treats include Alligator Alley and the exhibits, a dedicated audiovisual room and photographed stretch of undeveloped shore This facility features an interactive information center, exhibits about classroom for school programs, as well as called Boneyard Beach. Wear comfortable Hobcaw is an American Indian word that ecosystems, an orientation film and offices and an enlarged lobby, reception and shoes for walking and pack refreshments. means “between the waters.” Bordered auditorium, a live Red Wolf display and an gift shop area. Don’t forget the camera or the repellant. by water on three sides – the Waccamaw impressive variety of events and programs. Worth every effort – but, take it from one River, Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean You can also find educational programs and See Lowcountry’s Calendar of Events and who learned the hard way – go energized, – this magnificent property is aptly named. fun stuff to buy for the ride home at the Hobcaw’s website and/or call ahead for pack light, don’t forget food and water and The 17,500-acre research reserve features book sales outlet. Hours are Tuesday through scheduling. Programs with various fees range definitely opt for the full day excursion. every environment within the SC Coastal Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM. Check out the from lectures, field site visits and excursions Plain. Larger than Manhattan Island, the Upcoming Events link on the website for lots that include fishing, biking, kayaking and The North Inlet-Winyah Bay reserve is comprised of barrier islands, salt of great programs. marsh, maritime and upland forests, cypress crabbing. Located on Highway 17, ten miles National Estuarine south of Pawleys Island and one mile north of swamps, freshwater ponds, tidal ricefields Research Reserve SC-CARES and isolated Carolina bays. It is dedicated to Georgetown, someone is available Monday 843.546.6219 (a 501c3 organization) increasing the knowledge and understanding through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Tell them we Abbeville Dr., Georgetown sent you. Year after year, this place remains a of marine science, forestry, wildlife and 843.546.7893 • Lowcountry favorite. historic preservation. The North Inlet – Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve encompasses Located on 24 picturesque acres outside Cape Romain The plantation is privately operated by the approximately 12,300 acres of tidal marshes Georgetown, the SC-Coastal Animal Rescue Belle W. Baruch Foundation and managed for National Wildlife Refuge and estuary waters along the north coast of & Educational Sanctuary offers a place of use by SC colleges and universities. USC and Hwy. 17, North of Charleston SC near Georgetown. Most of the Reserve is respite for animals in need. The Sanctuary is Clemson have permanent onsite laboratories 843.928.3368 located on Hobcaw Barony, the 17,500 acre the dream and vision of Cindy Hedrick and and staffs, and visiting researchers from property of the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, Skip Yeager. around the globe utilize the Reserve. a private, 501(c) 3 operating foundation Currently, more than 150 research projects Established as a migratory bird refuge in that manages its land in perpetuity for In establishing SC-CARES, Cindy and Skip are underway. NOAA named North Inlet/ 1932, this 64,000-acre stretch of barrier conservation, research and education. aim to provide a compassionate “no kill/ Winyah Bay at Hobcaw Barony one of only islands and salt marsh run along the coast no breed” haven for abused, neglected and 27 US sites in its National Estuarine Research for more than twenty miles between The mission of the North Inlet-Winyah Bay unwanted exotic animals. The guest list is Reserve System (NERRS). Granted by the Georgetown and Charleston. A pristine Reserve is to promote stewardship in the extensive and always changing, but is – at king of England as a barony in 1718, Hobcaw wilderness adjoining Francis Marion North Inlet and Winyah Bay watersheds any given time – home to more than one features archaeological evidence of Indian National Forest, the Refuge is home to through science and education and is hundred animals, including parrots, reptiles, administered by University of SC’s Belle small mammals, wolves, a Great Horned Owl, W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal five horses, a few goats and pigs, a llama, Sciences, which also operates the Baruch African Sulcata tortoises and many others. Marine Field Laboratory on the Hobcaw (Visit the website for a list and pictures that Barony property. are sure to make you fall in love). In an effort to be prepared for new arrivals, the Sanctuary Homemade Pralines Home Public access to the Reserve and Hobcaw is is in a constant state of construction. Gourmet Gourm met Chocolates only available through tours and programs, SC-CARES needs supporters by way of Toffee•Fudge•Brittles Toffee •Fudge•Brittles but the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center volunteers, Adopt-an-Animal Sponsorship (located on Hwy. 17 approximately one programs, and donations. mile north of Georgetown) allows visitors to experience the property while protecting Make time for an activity that’s great for all sensitive ecosystems and ongoing research ages. At present, t he Sanctuary is happy to and monitoring. The Discovery Center provide private tours by appointment. They is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5 don’t charge admission because they want PM and is the starting point for many of everybody to visit, but the Sanctuary survives the Reserve’s public education programs. by donations and volunteers, so give what Mon-Sat M S t9 9-5:30 5 30 • 707 F Frontt St • G Georgetown rgetown w Seasonal programming for all ages includes you can, and know it will be put to good use. 843.545.5400 • a variety of opportunities to explore special (continued)

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Your family or group will hear interesting facts and stories about each animal. Participants are frequently allowed to touch some of them and have pictures taken with others. There’s more to tell and space is short. Call 843.546.7893 for an appointment or to request a brochure. Better still, stop by Sweeties in Georgetown, have an oh-sodelectable southern praline and discuss the dream with Cindy and Skip. Donors to SC-CARES receive a discount on their next Sweeties purchase.

Francis Marion National Forest Hwy. 17, North of Charleston 843.887.3257 (Forest Service)

Visitors are welcome at this wildlife-rich 250,000-acre forest, portions of which once served as sites of Revolutionary War battles. The Forest represents one of the largest remaining concentrations of longleaf pine in the nation. It also contains extensive hardwood bottomland forestlands. Together, the two habitats harbor eighteen threatened or endangered animal species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, the swallowtailed kite and the flatwoods salamander. Diverse plant communities also find safe habitat here. The Forest sustained tremendous damage from Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Afterward, the Coastal Conservation League began advocating a strategy to restore native ecosystems, in sharp contrast to the way much of the forest had been managed for the past three decades. In response, the Forest Service revamped the management plan and subsequently won the region’s top award for ecosystem restoration. More than twenty years later, the Francis Marion National Forest serves as an excellent model for public and private landowners who want to see how to manage for native biological diversity while generating income from a regime of compatible timber harvesting. Much of the forest is protected and open for public use. Miles of marked trails are available for hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing. While large tracts are managed for timber, they also support healthy populations of wild game for licensed hunters, as well as important habitat for a remarkable array of flora and fauna. For more information, call the Sewee Center at 843.928.3368. The Center is located on the east side of Highway 17 approximately twenty miles north of Charleston. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM.

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center Hwy. 701, north of Georgetown (Yauhannah community) 843.527.8069 • Mon. – Fri. 8 AM – 4 PM Call for Saturday hours Closed all federal holidays Established in 1997, Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of 550 National Wildlife Refuges that form a land/water network managed specifically for wildlife.

Located in portions of Horry, Georgetown, and Marion Counties, Waccamaw NWR’s acquisitions include large sections of the Waccamaw and Great Pee Dee rivers, as well as a small section of the Little Pee Dee River. Its purpose is to protect and manage diverse habitat components within coastal river ecosystems. The wetland diversity of Waccamaw NWR sets it apart from other East Coast refuges. Presently, the Refuge encompasses approximately 23,000 acres comprised of tidal emergent and forested wetlands, as well as upland forests associated with the Waccamaw and Pee Dee Rivers. The Visitor & Environmental Education Center is the best place to start your visit. Although its official address is Georgetown, the Center is actually located twenty miles north of Georgetown and fifteen miles south of Conway in the Yauhannah community. It includes a state-of-the-art exhibit hall featuring local flora and fauna, trails, a public boat dock and auditorium. Recreational activities include hunting, boating, fishing, observation, photography and environmental education/interpretation.

The Veterans Pier, popular for fishing and crabbing, anchors one end of the Marshwalk and is dedicated to boat captains of yesteryear. Numerous waterfront restaurants are easily accessible from the Marshwalk, an award-winning project of the community revitalization group Murrells Inlet 2020. Murrells Inlet, where Native Americans once lived off the land, is now the only salt marsh between North Inlet in Georgetown and NC that still supports recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting. From the Marshwalk, you can watch boats unloading their catch, inquire about fishing charters, parasailing and jet skis. Don’t miss the Inlet.

Brookgreen Gardens

Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet 843.235.6000, 800.849.1931

In 1931, Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington founded Brookgreen Gardens, a non-profit organization, and opened it to the public the following year. It is America’s first public sculpture garden whose landscaped spaces The Cox Ferry Recreation Area, 335 acres and sculpture collection have continued to off Highway 544 outside Conway, offers expand throughout the years. The sculpture three miles of interpretive nature trails, a collection now contains over 1200 works boardwalk, kiosks and a weather shelter with that span the entire period of American picnic tables. The trails lead visitors through sculpture from the early 1800s to the present. a variety of habitats and are open year round Their placement in over fifty acres of garden for hiking, biking, environmental education settings creates an extraordinarily beautiful and nature photography. Additional combination of art and horticulture. information concerning recreational activities is available at the Refuge Headquarters. The thousands of acres within Brookgreen’s Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve At every location, birders will appreciate are rich with evidence of the great rice observing seasonal waterfowl, such as the plantations of the 1800s and rich with the swallow-tailed kite, osprey, wood storks, Lowcountry’s native plants and animals. white ibis, prothonotary warblers and Garden visitors may explore places and many others species. The Refuge supports history through the programs offered at the highest density of nesting swallowthe Lowcountry Center, by walking the tailed kites in SC and is the northernmostLowcountry Trail, and by traveling on documented nesting site for this species. Brookgreen’s boat or by overland vehicle Another interesting tidbit is that Waccamaw deep into the Preserve. NWR safeguards freshwater and anadromous fish – fish that live primarily in the ocean but Since the Garden’s inception, the Lowcountry breed in fresh water. Zoo has been an important element of

Cox Ferry Recreation Area

W. Cox Ferry Rd. (off Hwy. 544) Conway • Sunrise to Sunset

Please call the Visitor Center or visit the website for lots of additional information. Email inquiries can be directed to

TOURS, CHARTERS & ATTRACTIONS Murrells Inlet Marshwalk

Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet 843.357.2007 The Murrells Inlet Marshwalk is a haven for nature lovers and history buffs and souls in search of peace. The half-mile boardwalk overlooks a pristine salt marsh brimming with oyster beds, Spartina grass and fishing hot spots. Home to flounder, crabs, clams, egrets, osprey, pelicans and shrimp, the Inlet


is rich in wildlife. Take a self-guided tour. Ecology signs offer information about the local shellfish, inlet birds and fishing industry. The views are extraordinary.

Brookgreen’s mission. It is the only zoo on the coast of the Carolinas accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). All of the native animals in the Lowcountry Zoo were either bred or raised in captivity at an AZA-accredited institution, or were obtained from a wildlife rehabilitation center after sustaining a major disability due to injury. In either case, these animals could not survive in the wild. The guiding principle of environmentalfriendly preservation was handed down by founders Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. Brookgreen protects over 2,000 species of plants in its nature preserve. Nine distinct ecosystems thrive within nearly 9,100 acres. These ecosystems range from salt marshes on the land Brookgreen leases to the State of SC for Huntington Beach, to longleaf pine, mixed hardwood, and river bluff forests. “Brookgreen’s initiatives for preservation and conservation tell the story of our stewardship of the land,” said Bob Jewell, Brookgreen’s President and CEO. “It is a tremendous responsibility, one that our trustees, staff, and volunteers do not take for granted. We have sculpture exhibits, festivals, educational programs, and dedications for new buildings, all of which are very important, but our efforts in preservation, conservation, and education are the foundation of everything we do. It’s the reason why we’re here and the reason why Brookgreen will remain a sanctuary for generations to come.” Brookgreen Gardens is open daily from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. Details are far too extensive to share here. Please visit Brookgreen’s website and consult Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites and Calendar of Events. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65 and older, $6 for children 4 to 12 and free for children three and younger. Admission tickets are good for seven days! If you’re a local, a Brookgreen membership is a no-brainer. They make great gifts, too – wedding, birthday, holiday, every day! (continued)

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Wacca Wache Marina

1950 Wachesaw Road Murrells Inlet • 843.651.2994

Grooming Your Way

Wacca Wache (pronounced wak-ka-wa-chee) Marina is the only freshwater marina in Murrells Inlet. Located at Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Marker #57 at the end of Wachesaw Road, this area is fondly known to locals as “the other side of the Inlet.” Slightly off the beaten path, this piece of the Inlet is the gateway to some of the most scenic stretches of the Intracoastal Waterway – an area rich in history and gorgeous natural scenery. Explore them with a knowledgeable narrator on a Plantation River Tour aboard the Waccamaw Lady, a sixty-foot pontoon boat that can host up to seventy passengers. Equipped with a cover and clean restrooms, it’s a safe, comfortable way to view some of the Lowcountry’s most historic rice plantations and to catch glimpses of gators, osprey, eagles and many other creatures that call the river home. Downstairs at the marina, Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana serves up hearty fare for landlubbers and water travelers alike. A favored local haunt for its good eats and friendly service, this restaurant and bar serves a delicious array of soups and salads, dogs and burgers, an array of appetizers and sandwiches and homemade desserts.

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Waccamaw Neck Bikeway

Hwy. 17; Murrells Inlet, Huntington Beach State Park, North Litchfield & Pawleys Island 843.545.3275

park, follow share-the-road signs east on Trace Drive, south on Lakeshore Drive to the separated path at Boyle Road.

In North Litchfield, five miles of dedicated two-way trails head west from Lakeshore Drive and Boyle Road, then south parallel to Highway 17 past the Litchfield Beach & During sixteen years of planning and Golf Resort to Litchfield-by-the-Sea at the fundraising, Bike the Neck (a grassroots Willbrook Boulevard traffic light. There, the volunteer committee devoted to creating Bikeway crosses Highway 17 and travels a multipurpose path from Murrells Inlet to south along the west side of Highway 17 Georgetown) has worked in partnership to Litchfield Oaks or west along Willbrook with Georgetown County to complete several phases of the path for use by walkers, Boulevard to The Reserve. At Pawleys Island, a one-mile paved path parallels the east side joggers, roller bladers and bicyclists. A map of Highway 17 from the North Causeway to showing planned and completed trails, as the South Causeway. well as “share-the-road” routes throughout the community, is available online and at local bike rental outlets, and the toll booth at The next segment of construction will parallel Kings River Road from Willbrook Boulevard to Huntington Beach State Park. Waverly Road. It is presently a major “sharethe-road” route. Please remember to ride/ In Murrells Inlet, two five-foot wide paved blade right (with the traffic) and walk/jog left lanes, running adjacent to Highway 17 (against the traffic) when you are sharing the Business, provide nearly four miles of road with cars. designated bicycling and walking routes through the historic fishing village. The lanes The Waccamaw Neck Bikeway is under pass the East Coast Greenway trailhead for Georgetown County at Morse Landing Park. the jurisdiction of the Georgetown County Department of Parks & Recreation, Continuing south, the Bike Bridge across the 843.545.3275. Visit Bike the Neck’s website marsh between Huntington Beach State Park forr more information. and Murrells Inlet connects the fishing village to the rest of the Waccamaw Neck. A threemile trail across Huntington Beach State Park, from the south entrance of Murrells Inlet to Trace Drive in North Litchfield is in constant use by residents and visitors alike. The path offers a lush and serene ride through the woods. To access the path south of the


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Freeway Park @ A Dog’s Way Inn

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

1950 Rutledge Rd., McClellanville; 843.546.9361

761 Pendergrass Ave., Murrells Inlet 843.357.4545

This unique doggie park is a three-acre slice of heaven for canines and their owners. Privately owned and operated by the folks Hampton Plantation, a National Historic at A Dog’s Way Inn, the park has a clean, Landmark, is home to one of SC’s most aerated pond for four-legged water lovers, impressive preserved plantation homes. and a shower for rinsing off after a splashing Fifteen miles southwest of Georgetown off good time. There are bathrooms for humans Highway 17, this treasure is sheer delight to and complimentary baggies for cleaning naturalists, photographers and historians, up after your pet – a park regulation. Use smart families and curious old souls. Pack a of the park is available to the public and to picnic and plan to linger. Wander the grounds boarding customers of the inn on weekdays – beneath enormous live oaks, through during kennel hours. Daily passes are $10 for camellia gardens, and along the banks of one pet and $15 for two; 10-day passes, $30 Wambaw Creek. Dense pine and hardwood for one and $50 for two. Boarders pay $5 for forests, former ricefields and cypress swamps a daily pass. offer scads of opportunities to examine native flora and fauna. Park hours are 9 AM to 6 PM If you’re from out of town and planning a daily, year round. March through October, visit, the boarding and day care services at house tours run Tuesday through Sunday A Dog’s Way Inn are highly recommended. with tours at 12, 1, 2 and 3 PM. November Facilities range from comfortable to to February, the house is open Thursday luxurious, and the attentive staff is on call through Sunday with tours at 12, 1, 2 and 3 for your canine companions’ every need. PM. Admission to the Plantation grounds is Each and every pet will be pampered, loved, free; house tours are $4 for adults; $3 for ages and happy at this professional pet paradise six to sixteen and $2.50 for SC senior citizens. where dogs rule the roost but smart people tours are offered at no extra charge. Guided tou remain in control. Read more in Lowcountry’s For current schedules and programming, Lodging review, give the park a call or visit contact the park directly. please cont for rates and other information. Please be sure to tell them we sent you! (continued)


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Winyah Bay Fishing & Observation Pier

Huntington Beach State Park

The Winyah Bay Fishing & Observation Pier (barely north of Georgetown, the “broken bridge” that runs parallel to the Siau Bridges, spans Winyah Bay and is operated and maintained by Georgetown County’s Department of Public Services. Steel bridge rails create a safe barrier for children. Anglers enjoy the opportunity to reach portions of the river inaccessible without a boat. Non-fishermen will relish river and Bay vistas. The Pier is open from 6 AM to midnight seven days a week.

Huntington Beach State Park showcases one of the East Coast’s best-preserved and best-loved beaches, a salt marsh teeming with wildlife, an age-old maritime forest and Atalaya – (correctly pronounced “at-a-lie-a” NOT “at-a-lay-a”) – an unusual but beautiful home with Mediterranean flair that once served as the winter residence and studio of the renowned American sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Hwy. 17, Murrells Inlet 843.237.4440; 843.235.8755

Hwy. 17, Georgetown 843.545.3275

Carroll A. Campbell Marine Complex Hwy. 17, South of Georgetown 843.545.3319

The Carroll Ashmore Campbell Marine Complex opened to strong reviews in spring of 2010. The project gained traction in the late 90s when a savvy steering committee identified the need for additional public boat accesses in a County lauded as a sportsmen’s paradise. The County’s unique geographic location – featuring easy ocean access, five rivers and innumerable creeks, marshes and swamps – makes it possible to host freshwater and saltwater tournaments from a single location. With nearly twenty acres off Highway 17 on the Sampit River south of Georgetown, at the base of the Sylvan Rosen bridge, the modern $7 million facility includes two hundred car/trailer parking spaces, six boat launch ramps, courtesy docking, restroom facilities and a 4,000 square foot outdoor event facility. Boaters can use the facility free of charge but must register prior to each use by completing a vehicle hang tag for display within each parked vehicle. Georgetown County Council named the facility in honor of former SC Governor and Georgetown County resident, Carroll Campbell. The late governor was a big fan of sport fishing, boating and the great outdoors.

From fishing and crabbing to beachcombing, this enormous oceanfront park is especially well known as one of the Eastern Seaboard’s finest spots for bird watching. The Huntington Beach Education Center, open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 AM - 5 PM, features a fifty-seat classroom, an interactive exhibit area with touch tank, an alligator aquarium and birding display and other interesting exhibits. The park is open year round, and a wide variety of programs are free with admission. Call ahead and ask questions about the current calendar or find Huntington at Click on Huntington Beach State Park under park finder. Then click on the “What’s New” tab on the right side of the page for late-breaking information. Reference Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites and Calendar of Events for complementary information.

Morse Park Landing

Hwy. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet Nestled along the beautiful salt marsh across the street from Russell’s Seafood Grill – Morse Park Landing is an Inlet oasis muchloved and much-used by families, bicyclists, boaters and crab fishermen. Boasting picnic tables, a crab dock and a boat ramp for launching kayaks and small vessels at high tide, the Park is home to the Lost-at-Sea Memorial. It’s also an East Coast Greenway trailhead with bike lanes running north towards the Marshwalk and south towards Huntington Beach State Park.

A National Historic Landmark

This National Historic Landmark is home to the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited zoo on the coast in the Carolinas, and one of the most significant sculpture collections in the world! From cruises on the creek and overland excursions on the Trekker to garden tours and new exhibits, there is always something new and exciting at Brookgreen.

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CAROLINA CHRISTMAS Archibald Rutledge’s Enduring Holiday Stories Edited by Jim Casada

Carolina Christmas Archibald Rutledge’s Enduring Holiday Stories

Carolina Christmas is a timeless collection of tales, poems, and recipes celebrating the holiday stories of Archibald Rutledge (1883–1973), the first poet laureate of SC and one of the most prolific outdoor writers of the twentieth century.

“In this superb collection of holiday stories, poems, and recipes, Casada captures the essence of Rutledge’s deep connections with his family’s Lowcountry plantation and the time honored traditions of hunt and hearth. This is a keepsake reader for any Carolina family.â€? —Ben Mc. MoĂŻse, author of Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden: A Memoir 248 pp., 8 illus., hardcover, $29.95

At local bookstores or from


Did You Know? Who’s strolling the ocean floor? Like many of our feathered friends, Atlantic lobsters that live near Florida and the Caribbean – as well as in other warm coastal climes around the globe – migrate south each fall. This particular species of lobster, sometimes called a “spiny lobster� or a “rock lobster,� is smaller than you might expect and does not boast the giant claws for which their cousins in Maine are famous. They walk single-file along the ocean floor – each lobster holding the lobster in front – in groups that number four dozen or more. Amazingly, the crustacean convoys sometimes cover as much as ten miles a day!

How fast does a whale’s heart beat? In the animal kingdom, a relationship often exists between an animal’s size and the speed at which its heart beats. The larger the animal, the slower its heart rate. An adult blue whale has a heart the size of a small car – but it has one of the slowest heart rates of all. Researchers have been able to record whale heartbeats by listening from

Rutledge spent decades teaching at Mercersburg Academy in PA. He supplemented his income by writing in order to support a growing family and restoration efforts at Hampton Plantation, his ancestral home in coastal SC. (See Lowcountry’s Heritage Sites article for more information.) Each Christmas, Rutledge returned to his cherished Plantation for hunting, celebrations of the season, and renewal of his decidedly Southern soul. This collection highlights the very best of his holiday tales in a vibrant

tapestry through which Christmas runs as a bright, sparkling thread. In these tales of Christmas past, Rutledge guides us into a world of traditions now largely lost. Jim Casada, the book’s editor, is a retired history professor and one of the country’s most widely published outdoor writers. He has written or edited more than forty books and authored some five thousand magazine articles. He edited four previous Rutledge anthologies and has been honored with more than 150 regional and national awards.

Lowcountry Time and Tide The Fall of the South Carolina Rice Kingdom

Mapping the slow decline of the rice kingdom across the half-century that followed the Civil War, author James H. Tuten delivers a provocative vision of the agricultural, environmental, economic, cultural, and climatic forces stacked against planters, laborers, and millers who struggled to perpetuate a once-lucrative industry into the hardscrabble twentieth century.

“Casada has captured the spirit of an era gone by Tuten recounts the ways in which with this fine collection of rice producers—former antebellum Christmas stories by Archibald planters and their newly freed Rutledge. It reflects a nostalgic slaves—sought to revive rice time when life was simple production. Both groups had much and spiritual, when families invested in the economic recovery of savored close relationships, rice culture during Reconstruction. and when the world was not Despite all disadvantages, rice as complicated.�—Donald T. planting retained a cultural mystique Rutledge, grandson of Archibald that led many to struggle with Rutledge its farming long after the profits withered away. This is truly a keepsake volume for everyone with a heart for Christmas and SC’s Lowcountry.


A Lowcountry native, James H. Tuten is an associate professor of history and former assistant provost at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. He is widely published on topics of southern history.

“James H. Tuten’s Lowcountry Time and Tide is the richest and most complete study ever written on the decline and ultimate demise of the SC rice industry. Tuten’s broadly cast, deeply researched, and gracefully written book at once fills a large gap in the literature and provides important new insights into the history and legacy of rice culture in coastal SC.—Peter A. Coclanis, Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History, University of NC at Chapel Hill. Check local bookstores including Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island and Harborwalk Books in Georgetown. You may also order online at

submarines. At the water’s surface, a whale typically exhibits a heart rate of five or six beats per minute. When it dives, though, the whale’s heart slows down to roughly three beats per minute. The deceleration conserves oxygen.

The deep sea is the largest museum on Earth.

The longest mountain range in the world is under water.

There are more artifacts and remnants of history in the ocean than in all of the world’s museums, combined.

How much water is there on Earth?

What is the Mariana Trench?

Called the Mid-Oceanic Ridge, this chain of mountains runs through the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and into the Indian and Pacific oceans. It is more than 35,000 miles long, has peaks higher than those in the Alps, and comprises 23 percent of the Earth’s total surface.

Something like 326 million trillion gallons. In case you’re interested in seeing the zeros, that’s 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons! About 70 percent of the planet is covered in oceans, and 98 percent of the water on the planet fills these oceans. Only about two percent of the planet’s water is fresh, but 1.6 percent of the planet’s water is locked up in the polar ice caps and glaciers. Another .36 percent is found underground in aquifers and wells. Only about .036 percent of the total water supply is found in lakes and rivers. That’s still thousands of trillions of gallons, but it’s a very small amount compared to all the water available. The rest of the planet’s water is either floating in the air as clouds and water vapor, or locked up in plants and animals. In fact, your body is 65 percent water! Put in perspective, that means if you weigh 100 pounds, 65 pounds of you is water!

Located in the Pacific Ocean, it is the deepest point on our planet at over 36,000 feet in depth. Mount Everest would be covered by over 7,000 feet of water if placed in the Mariana Trench.

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The Lachicotte Company is committed to providing the most complete range of real estate sales and rental services to you with the highest level of integrity and personal attention that you expect and deserve. Stop in their office on Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, and explore the possibilities of “Living the Lowcountry Lifestyle ‌ for a Week or for a Lifetime.â€?

Pawleys Island Realty, Co., LLC Real Estate Sales & Rentals 88 N. Causeway, Pawleys Island Sales: 843.237.2431 or 800.937.7352 Rentals: 843.237.4257 The area’s largest vacation rental company – home to the “Lowcountry Tradition� of professional real estate service and southern hospitality – is justifiably proud of more than forty-seven years of service and success. That represents a slew of fun-filled family vacations and uncovering dream homes and perfect places to retire. That kind of track record assures every client the benefit of proven real estate expertise. “Our family welcomes yours to Pawleys Island,� says Alan Altman, a Lowcountry native and Brokerin-Charge. “The ocean, the beach and salt marsh creeks is a perfect playground for the whole family.� Fish, bike, kayak, swim, crab, comb the beaches – it’s easy to find fun, inexpensive things to do. Pawleys Island Realty’s lending library is stocked with games, books and movies, and guests receive a VIP Guest Card that serves up discounts at more than three dozen area businesses.

Decades of experience in vacation rentals have made this company an expert in a variety of vacationer and property owner services. Just ask and they’ll even stock the refrigerator before you arrive! A professional sales team – among the region’s most highly trained – offers exceptional personal service for buyers on the prowl for real estate, too. Through ever-changing economic climates and the evolution of the local real estate industry, this company has maintained a solid focus on personal, professional service, environmental and community preservation, and an overall commitment to excellence. Pawleys Island, Litchfield, Prince George, DeBordieu, Pawleys Pier Village, North Litchfield and Litchfield by the Sea ‌ the friendly folks at Pawleys Island Realty want to help you and nobody can do it better. Surf to the website for a virtual tour of rentals and homes for sale. Book online or call for personal service.

The Georgetown Real Estate Agency Real Estate Sales & Rentals 402 Church St. (Hwy. 17),Georgetown 843.546.2514 or 800.509.0465 Not only do Georgetown’s “Hometown RealtorsŽ� offer exceptional real estate service, they understand the real estate opportunities that abound in the state’s third oldest port city. Whether you’re looking

for historic properties, waterfront getaways, golf course communities, commercial sites, farmland or wide open acreage, these folks take pride in their ability to fulfill your needs and wants. Attractive annual lease programs are available for those who are considering a move to the area but are not ready to purchase. Alan Altman, true native and Broker-inCharge, extends a personal invitation to call or drop in for a visit. He has a knack for making visitors feel like friends.

The Lakes at Litchfield 120 Lakes at Litchfield Dr., Pawleys Island 843.235.3777 The Lakes at Litchfield offers lodging of a different sort. Within these gates, the ultimate retirement lifestyle awaits. This bustling community has been customdesigned to anticipate every detail essential to the perfect retirement. Manicured lawns and pretty lakeside vistas set the stage for an active way of living that includes health and fitness facilities, an ongoing array of classes and social functions (including transportation), cultural events, golf excursions and more. Live worry-free while the chores of housekeeping and home maintenance are handled for you. Write one check, and the water, sewer, electric, cable, taxes and maintenance – everything except phone – fees are paid on your behalf. An on-premise chef prepares delicious meals and customized menus. This is retirement living at its very best. Life doesn’t get any easier. And that is exactly as it should be.

Pawleys Pier Village Condominium Rentals Myrtle Avenue, Pawleys Island 843.237.4257 or 877.687.8138 Tucked in the heart of Pawleys Island, the East Coast’s oldest vacation destination, Pawleys Pier Village is a 54-unit community of two- and three-bedroom luxury condominiums with an outstanding advantage. Village guests can enjoy the Island’s one-and-only fishing pier! ‘Roundthe-clock security ensures exclusive access to owners and guests, a coveted privilege that places this lodging alternative head-andshoulders above the rest. With a security gate and Internet access, too, Pawleys Pier is as perfect for families as for those who love to cast a line. Each of nine buildings boasts private parking (some covered) and elevators. Villas – individually decorated to the owner’s taste – offer all the luxuries of home and more. Kitchens are fully equipped; breezy balconies overlook fabulous ocean vistas; linens await and an attentive rental staff is at your beck and call.



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wave, shell and stroll the Island’s pristine beaches, or simply relax catching rays – by the private pool or the ocean. Golfers can hone their skills at any one of the area’s wealth of championship layouts. Just across the North Causeway, Pawleys Island’s busy mainland teems with fabulous dining and shopping opportunities, too. Everyone is sure to be satisfied by this outstanding resort. Make it a family tradition and create memories that will last forever!

For our Furry Friends A Dog’s Way Inn 761 Pendergrass Ave., Murrells Inlet 843.357.4545 Located off Pendergrass Avenue in Murrells Inlet, A Dog’s Way Inn delivers deluxe boarding and day care, professional grooming and expert training for pampered pooches. An attentive staff is on call. To anticipate and sidestep behavior conflicts, they take deliberate care to learn each dog’s personality. The “West Wing� boasts comfy Murphy beds and cable TV – yes, especially for dogs. Inside and out, the facililty is clean and fun. Four large exercise areas provide lots of room for every dog to play outdoors. During day care and boarding, all dogs are permitted to socialize and play under the staff’s watchful gaze – grouped according to size, age and personality. The kennel offers several packages for onand off-site puppy and adult dog training. The Pup Camp is an especially effective – and popular – two-week boarding school experience where dogs acquire obedience skills while lodging at Dog’s Way. A certified trainer works with each puppy twice a day. At only $550, this is a valuable service suited for dogs of all ages. Dog’s Way also features a semi-private threeacre dog park with a clean, aerated pond and lots of room for rolling and romping. Use of the park is available to the public and to boarding customers of the Inn on weekdays during kennel hours. Daily passes are $10 for one pet and $15 for two; 10-day passes cost $30 for one and $50 for two pets. The Inn’s boarders pay $5 for a daily pass. Take it from a true fan of Dog’s Way Inn, if you are your best friend’s best friend, this is a place you can trust. Your pet will be pampered, loved, and happy at this fun, professional pet paradise where dogs rule the roost but talented people remain in control. Call or visit for rates or more information. Take advantage of the discount offered in their ad. And please be sure to tell them we sent you! Š 2010, Kimberly Duncan, Lowcountry Publishing


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Guided Birding/Nature Trips to Hobcaw Barony Plantation. Every 3rd Saturday of the month, join naturalist Jerry Walls as Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic he conducts professional guided birding Landmark and non-profit organization, & nature tours. Registration will close containing the Archer and Anna Hyatt the Monday before each 3rd Saturday. Huntington Sculpture Garden with more Registration required, 8 AM-12 PM, $25, than 550 works of American sculpture and register online at, the Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve, 933-1556 for tour information, 545-3319 for is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach registration questions. and Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Creek Excursions, aboard the Springfield pontoon Hopsewee Plantation’s “Attic to Cellar” tour boat, and Trekker excursions overland will is open Tues.-Fri. from 10 AM-4 PM and Sat., be offered daily (separate fees). Gardens 12-4 PM. Tea and basketweaving classes by open 9:30 AM-5 PM, $12 (adults 13-64), appointment. $15 per person, children 5-17, $10 (seniors 65+), $5 (children 6-12), free $7.50. Reservations requested for groups (children 5 and under); entertainment of 10 or more. For more information, see included, excursions additional. 235-6000 or Heritage Sites in this issue, or call 546-7891 or

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It’s nearly impossible to compile a comprehensive list of the activities planned in the Lowcountry, but here is an overview of highlights. Please check all information to make sure it’s still current before making plans. For additional information, call Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce, 546-8436, Georgetown County Cultural Council, 237-3035, and Conway Chamber of Commerce, 248-2273. For additional information, use the web directory below. Atalaya Ghost Tour at Huntington Beach State Park. Hear the haunted tales of coastal folklore as you are guided through the halls of the Atalaya castle on a one-hour tour. Bring a flashlight. Fri., 8:30-9:30 PM, free with park admission, 235-8755.

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CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) offers short courses in oil painting with Gloria Perkins, Girls Black River Outdoors Center offers kayak Island Getaway at Sea View Inn with Lee tours for a great way to become familiar with Brockington and The Moveable Feast the saltwater marshes, plantation creeks (Friday literary luncheons). 235-9600 or and canals, cypress-tupelo swamps, and blackwater rivers of the Lowcountry. HalfDay Naturalist-Guided Kayak Tours are Coastal Carolina University offers The scheduled mornings throughout the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) week. Historic Georgetown Harbor Kayak beginning with Free Week (Jan. 5-7) at three Tours are scheduled Tues. and Thurs. at 6 locations: Waccamaw Higher Education PM. The tour schedule is posted on their Center in Litchfield, Foundation Center website at Advance in Conway and Myrtle Beach Education reservations at least one day in advance, Center at 79th Avenue North. More than 300 Mon.-Sat., 9 AM-5:30 PM (closed Sunday) at courses and workshops in computers, art, Tours of Hobcaw Barony are offered Tues.- Huntington Beach State Park is open daily 546-4840. photography, history, music, literature and Fri. for an educational and enlightening van from 6 AM-10 PM. Tues.-Sun., the Education creative writing, performance training and tour of the Plantation, including the Hobcaw Center is open from 10 AM-5 PM, with a Sewee Visitor and Environmental personal growth, Lowcountry history and House, Friendfield Village and various variety of Coastal Exploration programs Education Center, a joint venture of the nature excursions. 349-6584 or 349-4001 or habitats of the coastal plantation, 9:30 edu/olli. scheduled at no additional charge. Each Francis Marion National Forest and Cape AM-12:30 PM. $20 per person, reservations (continued) (con month’s programs are posted on the website. Romain National Wildlife Refuge on Hwy 17 required. For more information, see Heritage Admission is $5/adult; $3.25/SC senior; $3/ in Awendaw, is open Tues.-Sat. from 9 AM-5 Sites in this issue, or call 546-4623. ages 6-15; free for ages 5 and under. PM. Walk a forest trail with a guide every 4th 235-8755 or Saturday. Wolf feeding at 4 PM on Fridays.

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The Lens Work Gallery at Pawleys Island offers photography workshops (basic digital series, basic/advanced macro and basic/ advanced infrared). For topics and fees, call 467-0774 or

Oyster Thursdays at The PIT. January through February, Pawleys Island Tavern (The PIT) will be hosting customer appreciation oyster roasts every Thursday from 5-8 PM on the back porch.

Island Knits offers on-going knitting lessons on Wednesdays, 5-7 PM and Saturdays, 10 AM-12 PM. Lessons are $5/hr. Whether you want to learn to knit, forgot how to knit or need help starting or finishing a project. Sitn-Knit on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM – just come in, sit, talk and maybe knit a little, maybe even get the latest restaurant reviews.

Meet Me At Frank’s or Outback. Catch up with old friends, meet new ones, close business deals, and celebrate family milestones any day of the week at Frank’s and Outback is cause for celebrating! Mondays – Monday Night Football at Frank’s includes Pre-Game Gourmet Cheese and $3 Wine, 4:30-7 PM and $2 domestic beer, $4 bar brands and $3 house wines all night. Tuesdays – Family Night at Outback offers 20% off popular pizzas, 5:30-8 PM and $20 per bottle on select wines. Wednesdays – W3 (Wednesday, women, wine) is four featured wine tastings for women, 5:30-7 PM for $12. Wednesday Bi-Weekly – Cooking in the Courtyard at Frank’s features 3 courses, 3 wines, $35, reservations required, book early. Thursdays – Martini & Jazz Night, Outback: $5 house martinis and special martinis all night, plus TGIT – Thank God It’s Thursday’s three course prefixe, $30. Stay up to date on Frank’s Specials and Weekday Happy Hour Specials by visiting

Pawleys Island Bridge Club offers bridge courses and weekly games at the Pawleys Island Senior Center on Parkersville Road. Taught by Pete Peterson, an American Contract Bridge League Master and certified teacher, open stratified games are held Tuesdays throught Fridays. 237-8243 or Surf the Earth, Pawleys Island, offers surf lessons and week-long camps, paddleboard lessons, clinics and tours, kayak clinics, tours and guided fishing trips in the Pawleys Island and Litchfield Beach areas. Surfboard, paddleboard and kayak rentals and sales, as well as a full line of clothing, gear and accessories. For detailed schedules and links to weather conditions, 800-864-6752 or


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Ghost Voices: Songs from a Cemetery, based on the poetry of Edgar Lee Masters. Get into the spirit of the haunting holiday with Thru Oct. 31 – National Sculpture Society ghoulish music. Costumes are welcome and 77th Annual Awards Exhibition. For the encouraged! Sun., 3 PM, free with ticket, 349first time in its history, the National Sculpture 2502. Society’s premier awards exhibition is held exclusively at Brookgreen Gardens. This 31 – Halloween on the Marshwalk juried show includes the work of prominent in Murrells Inlet. Bring the kids to the sculptors from across the country, including marshwalk (5-6 PM) for trick-or-treating fun 15 award-winning works and will be on and a costume contest. WPDE Ed Piotrowski display in the Noble and Jennewein Galleries. will be giving the weather with the kids on Daily, free with garden admission, 235-6000. the Marshwalk. Later in the evening (8 PM), the adults enjoy a night of outlandish fright, Thru Nov. 17 – “Gullah/Geechee Mania!” fun, costumes and prizes. Dress up to win or Ron Daise, Brookgreen’s Vice President for just come by to watch. Costume entries must Creative Education, hosts this interactive, visit each of the Marshwalk restaurants. Final cultural game show that informs viewers judging will be held at 11 PM at the Dead about the unique Gullah/Geechee culture Dog Saloon. Sat., 5-11 PM, free, 357-2007. and heritage of the Southeastern coastal United States. Each guest becomes a 31 – Halloween Party at the PIT (Pawleys “contestant” who will gain “points” for Island Tavern). Prizes for best costumes answering questions about Gullah/Geechee awarded at the stroke of midnight, live people, songs, history, culture, foods, music with The Highliners. Sun., 8 PM, free to and trivia. Wed., 1 PM, free with garden attend, 237-8465. admission, 235-6000.


29 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Susan Gregg Gilmore (The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove) at Ocean One. Nobody in Nashville has a bigger name to live up to than Bezellia Grove. In a time and place where rebelling against the rules carries a steep price, Bezellia Grove must decide which of her names will be the one that defines her. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600.


3 – CCU Faculty Chamber Recital at Recital Hall, Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Coastal Carolina University music faculty will present a diverse program of traditional and eclectic chamber works in a variety of vocal and instrumental combinations. Wed., 7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502.

3-6 – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical presented by CCU at the 79th Avenue Theatre in Myrtle Beach. 29-30 – Murrells Inlet Community Theatre Book by Rachel Sheinkin; music & lyrics by William Finn; Barbara Hartwig, director presents “Lost in Yonkers,” Pulitzer Prize and choreographer; Steven Gross, musical winning comedy/drama, considered to be Neil Simon’s best work. Fri. & Sat., 8 PM and director. Wed.-Sat, 7:30 PM and Sat., 3 PM, tickets, 349-2052. Sat. & Sun., 2 PM, $10, 651-4152. 30 – Huge Garage Sale at A Dog’s Way Inn in Murrells Inlet, behind T-Bones Grill, off Pendergrass Ave. Sat., 8 AM, 357-4545 or 30 – “A Haunted House of Fashion” presented by The Long Bay Symphony Guild to benefit the Long Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra and education programs at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, 9000 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC. A fashion show and luncheon with fashions by Stein Mart and trick or treat bags for all patrons, cash bar and silent auction. Women Who Make a Difference Award will be given to Denise Blackburn Gay. Music by members of the LBS Youth Orchestra. Sat., 11 AM-2:30 PM, $35 ($10 tax deductible), 650-3002 or

4 – Murrells Inlet 2020 Autumn Gala. It’s an annual black tie optional event that features an exquisite “Taste of Murrells Inlet” with offerings from 20 of our fine Inlet restaurants. Exciting auction items, a night of dancing with music and an open bar add to the evening’s festivities. Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020. Thurs., 6:30-11 PM, $100, 357-2007. 5 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Mary Alice Monroe (The Long Road Home) at DeBordieu Clubhouse. The Feast is full, but an in-store book signing will be held at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.

5 – True Blue, An Indigo Workshop at Hobcaw Barony. Indigo, the blue dye that was South Carolina’s major colonial crop, is explored in a morning history lecture by Lee Brockington and Dr. Karen Hall of Clemson 30 – Chandler Brown Benefit at Inlet University. A picnic lunch afterward allows Affairs, U.S. 17 Bus. Drunken Jacks & Inlet for further discussion. In the afternoon, a Affairs present a benefit to help the Brown dyeing workshop allows participants to use family with medical bills resulting from massive injuries Chandler sustained in a 2009 the indigo to create functional art. Space is limited. Fri., 10 AM-5 PM, $TBA, 546-4653. car accident. Concert, Bar-B-Q and Oyster Roast, Band line up: The Mullets, Ten Toes Up, Ntranze & The Old Scobes. Hourly raffles, 6 – 15th Running of the King’s Tree silent auction, bring a chair. Sat., 1-6 PM, free Trials will be Saturday at McCutchen Training Center in Kingstree. Tickets ($15admission, donations accepted, 241-1041. $50) and parking places go on sale in early October. Call the Williamsburg Home Town 31 – Ghost Voices & Other Songs from Chamber at 843-355-6431 to purchase tickets the Grave at Edwards Recital Hall. CCU or for more information. voice studio students of Professor Jeffrey Jones celebrate with songs about ghosts (continued) and ghouls. The program’s focus will be the Southeast premiere of Karl Schindler’s


Tai Chi IV - 108 moves (1/10/11 on, M&W, 9-10 am) – Liz Hileman, $25/mo Tai Chi III - 54+ moves (1/10/11 on, M&W, 10-11 am) – Robbie Renken, $25/mo Tai Chi II - 17+ moves (1/11/11 on, Tu&Th, 10-11 am) – Robbie Renken, $25/mo Tai Chi I - Beginners (10 wks, Tu, 1:30-3 pm, 1/11-3/17 ) – Liz Hileman, $60 Oil Painting Workshop (3 days, Th-Sa, 8:30 am-4:30 pm, 2/17-2/19) – Gloria Perkins, $275 Spirituality, Life and You (4 wks, Th, 1-3 pm, 2/3-2/24) – Sammye Souder, $50 How to Enjoy Life (4 wks, Th, 1-3 pm, 3/24-4/14) – Sammye Souder, $50 Girls Island Getaway at Sea View Inn (3 days, Su-Tu, 11/7-11/9) – Lee Brockington, $375/$700 The Getaway will also be scheduled in March, 2011.

MOVEABLE FEASTS, FRIDAYS, 11 AM-1 PM, $25* Literary luncheons at area eateries with visiting authors Oct. 29 ~ Susan Gregg Gilmore (The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove), Ocean One FULL! Nov. 5 ~ Mary Alice Monroe (The Long Road Home), DeBordieu Clubhouse Nov. 12 ~ Patricia Moore-Pastides (Greek Revival:Cooking for Life), Kimbel’s Nov. 19 ~ Litchfield Books Staff (Holiday Gift Books on Parade), Sea View Inn *Dec. 3 ~ Fannie Flagg (I Still Dream About You), Pawleys Plantation, $49 Dec. 10 ~ William W. Starr (Whiskey, Kilts and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson), Ocean One *Dec. 17 ~ Philip Powell (Holiday Piano Concert), Bove, $35 Jan. 14 ~ Ken Burger (Sister Santee) Jan. 21 ~ Beth Hoffman (Saving Ceecee Honeycutt) Jan. 28 ~ Susan Hasler (Intelligence) Feb. 4 ~ Lou Dischler (My Only Sunshine) Check the website for CLASS and Moveable Feast details year round! (If you can’t make the Feast, Litchfield Books holds an in-store book signing Fridays at 2 pm)

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6 – OLLI: Gullah Holiday Dollmaking Workshop at CCU-Waccamaw. Enjoy this popular Gullah dollmaking workshop with Zenobia Washington that is valued by workers in the healing arts and art therapists. All materials & lunch provided. Sat., 10 AM3 PM, $75, 349-6584. 6 – Belin United Methodist Church BarB-Q & Bazaar. Delicious BBQ, homemade foods and crafts, and family entertainment add up to a day of fun at the church’s Family Life Center. Sat., 9 AM-4 PM, 651-5099, www. 6 – Taste of Georgetown on Front Street. From appetizers to desserts, from art to fashion, from mini-parks to museums. This is a fundraiser for Safe Families, a non-profit organization providing a collaborative community response to victims of domestic violence through the creation of the Family Justice Center of Georgetown County. Prior to Nov. 6, 23 tickets for $20 by calling 235-0956, 237-7343 or 546-1815 or info@ Sat., 1-5 PM, $1 per food sample ticket, 6 – Ten Toes Up CD Release Celebration at Hot Fish Club. Kudos to Murrells Inlet’s own Ten Toes Up – a killer band with a big following. Fusing funky 70s sounds with classic rock a dash of the blues, they’ve got their own style and, understandably, many fans. . Helping them celebrate will be the talented Necessary Brothers and perennial rockers, the Mullets. All three bands are well worth seeing on their own – all three in one venue guarantees a rock out. It’ll be a blast in the “yard� at the HFC. Sat., 5 PM, 357-9175 or

6 – Celebrate Our Rivers @ Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Beach. Join the Waccamaw Riverkeeper and the Board of Winyah Rivers Foundation for a celebration of our local rivers. Enjoy libations and heavy hors d’oeuvres while you shop our Silent Auction, then enjoy live bluegrass music, desserts and coffee. Sat., 5:30-9:30 PM, $50 ($90/couple, discounts to members), 3494007 or

10 – CCU Saxophone Studio Ensemble at Edwards Recital Hall. The concert will present selections from the classical repertoire along with jazz and contemporary pieces, all performed on saxophones. Wed., 7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502.

11 – Digital Photo Album with Pricilla Keefer at CCU-Waccamaw. Each participant will learn how to create a storybook album online, including downloading the storybook 7 – Symphonic Blockbusters, featuring Gleb album, downloading your pictures from a disk, editing your pictures for your storybook, Ivanov, piano. Long Bay Symphony Series Concert at Myrtle Beach High School Music & and making captions for your storybook. Arts Center. Sun., 4 PM, 448-8379 for tickets. Bring a disk with pictures that you want to place in your album. Students may choose to order the completed album ($17.95). Thurs., 7-9 – Girls Island Getaway with Lee Brockington at the Sea View Inn on Pawleys 1-5 PM, free with OLLI membership ($20), Island. Spend three days at one of the most 349-6584. coveted oceanfront inns on the Carolina coast with local treasure Lee Brockington as 11 – Paint It Forward, featuring artwork your history and culture instructor. Check in by local artist Sara Credito, will be held at Stewart-Parker House in Georgetown to for a restful retreat, dine on three southern benefit Tidelands Community Hospice. meals daily, laugh at stories from the porch and study island history. Field trips, traveling Thurs., 5-7 PM, no admission charge. just a few yards away, include beach ecology and creek conversation. Bring layers to peel 11 – CCU Guitar Studio Recital at Edwards Recital Hall. This concert, featuring guitar or add, and your jammies for fireside chats. students from the studio of Professor Sun.-Tues., $375 single, $700 double, 235Daniel Hull, will feature solos, ensembles, 9600 or and a performance by the Coastal Carolina 9 – Scholars Forum at Georgetown Library. University Guitar Quartet. Thurs., 7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502. Paranormal Carolinas – David Toller and associates introduce their organization 11 – A Salute to American Veterans at and demonstrate equipment used in their Wheelwright Auditorium. Coastal Carolina investigative work, sharing evidence of paranormal activity observed at Georgetown University’s annual Veterans Day celebration locations, including Kaminski House, Stewart- is designed to honor the contributions made Parker House and Lucas Bay Road. Tues., 10 by veterans of the American armed forces. It features public recognition of veterans, a live AM, free, 237-1387. performance of patriotic music and a locally-


produced documentary film. This event is sponsored by Goldfinch Funeral Home, HTC and Coastal Carolina University. Thurs., 7:30 PM, free with ticket, 349-2502. 12-14 – Beginning Photoshop Safari at OLLI-Waccamaw. This three-day event (30+ hours) with award-winning photographer Bill Jordan will combine both in-field shooting and in-class digital editing using Adobe Photoshop CS3. Adobe Photoshop CS4 & CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 & 8 and Adobe Lightroom 2 & 3 can be addressed. The overall schedule includes capturing the golden hours of light both early (5:45 AM and late (5:15 PM), with the bulk of the midday spent at the classroom computers editing the recently captured images. Fri.-Sun., sunrise to sunset, $285, 349-6584. 12 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Patricia Moore-Pastides (Greek Revival Cooking for Life) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw Plantation. Take 87 ambrosial recipes designed for the needs and appetites of everyday cooks, leaven with delectable anecdotes about the Greek lifestyle, then pepper with revealing scientific insight, and the result is Greek Revival: Cooking for Life . Patricia Moore-Pastides, an accomplished cook, public-health professional and University of South Carolina’s First Lady, presents dozens of easy-to-make and impossible-to-resist recipes that infuse a healthful diet with the enticement of great taste. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. (continued)




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32 Lowcountry Companion 12 – Swamp Stomp at Hobcaw Barony. Have you ever wanted to explore the mysteries and wonders of a swamp but didn’t know where to begin? Here is your chance to join Baruch Foundation and Reserve staff in exploring Crab Hall Swamp located on Hobcaw Barony. Wading boots are needed and possibly waders on this adventure to one of the prettier wetlands on the property while the leaves are changing colors. We hope to find all types of swamp residents and learn interesting facts about them and the importance of these unique habitats. Fri., 2-4 PM, $15, 546-4623. 12-14 – Canine Performance Event Agility Trial at A Dog’s Way Inn in Murrells Inlet. This is a nationally sponsored CPE in South Carolina. All breeds are invited to compete. Spectators and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Lots of great vendors. Fri.-Sun., 8:30 AM-5 PM, free, 357-4545 or 13 – 7th Annual Murrells Inlet 2020 Oyster Roast at Spud’s Waterfront Dining Parking lot on Business 17. Oyster eaters belly up to the tables of steamed oysters. Other food and beer and soda are available. Entertainment and 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $25 each for an all-you-can-eat oyster roast and can be purchased at Crazy Sister Marina or the Murrells Inlet 2020 office at 44124B Highway 17 Business. Sat., 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, $25 (advance), $30 (at the door), 357-2007. 14 – Long Bay Triathalon. Composed of swim, bike & run, competitors complete each event consecutively going for the best time. The 2010 Long Bay Spirit Triathalon will consist of a .9 mile swim, a 14 mile

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bike and a 3.1 mile run. The race will be centralized at Huntington Beach State Park. The Huntington Beach State Park will be charging normal park entry fees for those not associated with the triathalon. Volunteers are still needed. Sun., 7:45 AM, $65 entry fee, 15 – Customer Appreciation Day at White Harvest Trading Company. Take 25% off everything in the store and help raise funds for an upcoming mission to China. Enjoy free refreshments, and a bake sale, too. See their ad in the center of the magazine for directions and a map. Mon., 10 AM-7 PM, 235-2630. 15 – Jazz After Hours at Wheelwright Auditorium. The concert features a variety of jazz songs ranging from traditional big band tunes to contemporary arrangements. Student soloists will be featured. Mon., 7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502.

17 – CCU Flute Studio Recital at Edwards Recital Hall. Classical and modern works composed for the flute will be featured. The recital will close with a performance by the Coastal Carolina University Flute Choir. Wed., 7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502. 18 – CCU Percussion Ensemble Concert at Wheelwright Auditorium. The event will also feature some exciting guest soloists. Thurs., 7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502.

19 – Indigo Farms & Copacetic Farm Dairy. Join OLLI instructor Julie Finlayson on a trip to family owned and operated, Indigo Farms in Brunswick County, N.C. They grow a variety of fruits and vegetables and has a bakery, indoor produce market and garden center. Just across the state line in Little River is the Copacetic Farm Dairy, which uses sustainably based practices to produce wholesome products. Newly opened, the dairy now offers fresh, unpasteurized goat milk. Fri., 9 AM-5 16 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross PM, $40, 349-6584. Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. A series of free concerts featuring talented 19 – The Moveable Feast: Litchfield music faculty of CCU and members of their Books Staff (Holiday Gift Books on Parade) studios. Tues., 7 PM, free and open to the at Sea View Inn. Join the talented staff of public, donations accepted, 237-3035. our local indie bookstore as they preview their holiday gift recommendations. Each 16 – Scholars Forum at Georgetown Library. Exotic animal tour at SC CARES, a sanctuary for unwanted, neglected and abused animals such as parrots, owls, wolves, reptiles and small animals. Groups will tour approximately one hour each indoors and out. Carpool with a friend; reserve at 2371565. Tues., 10 AM, free, for more information.

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16 – 2010-2011 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers presents Reporter. An exploration of two desperate crises – the current state of American journalism and the urgent crisis in the Congo. A meet-and-greet with the filmmaker will follow the program. Tues., 3 PM at Waccamaw Higher Education Center (free, 349-6584), 7:30 PM at Wall Auditorium ($5, 349-2502).

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7 – Scholars Forum at Georgetown Library. Wrap up the 2010 year with Memories and Music by Mike Diem, OLLI instructor, who will 2-Feb. 28 – Children’s Discovery Room. share Christmas radio memories of the past. Weekends, the Children’s Discovery Room features seven interactive stations for Tues., 10 AM, free, 237-1387. children ages 4–12 that afford opportunities 26 & 27 – Extended shopping hours at to learn about the rich history at Brookgreen 10 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: White Harvest Trading Company. Help Gardens. Sat. & Sun., 12-4:30 PM, free with William W. Starr (Whiskey, Kilts and the Loch a good cause and shop this charity-based Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with garden admission, 235-6000. store for unique, handmade items. Profits go Boswell and Johnson) at Ocean One. (Book towards White Harvest’s ongoing mission 2-Mar. 3 – Silent Cities at Brookgreen signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, \237projects in China, and the selection of gifts, 8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. Gardens. Travel on the Trekker down back 3-4 – A Christmas to Remember at Black housewares, baskets, pearl jewelry, scarves roads and explore some of the cemeteries, and more is fantastic! Fri. & Sat.,10 AM - 7 PM, Box Theatre. Conceived and written by Brookgreen’s Silent Cities. Walk through 10-11 – Nights of a Thousand Candles at CCU Dance Company, the production 235-2630. former slaves’ and plantation owners’ Brookgreen Gardens. See Dec. 3-4 entry for will combine traditional classics with details; also offered Dec. 16-18. Fri. & Sat., 3-10 graveyards and hear about the historical contemporary holiday favorites. Fri. & Sat., 26-Jan. 2 – Brookgreen Gardens Holiday burial customs of European and African PM, $15 adults, $6 children, 235-6000. 7:30 PM, tickets, 349-2502. Exhibits. Signs of the Season in Flora and origin. Tickets must be purchased at Fauna - In the Noble Gallery, evergreen Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to 13 – Pawleys Island Concert Band 4 – Eco-Oyster Adventure in North Inlet. trees, wreaths, and plaques decorated with departure time, reservations suggested. Sun., Christmas Concert at Waccamaw High assorted natural materials, along with vintage See Nov. 20 entry for details. Sat., 10 AM to Tues. & Thurs, 12-2 PM, $15 in addition to School Auditorium. Mon., 7 PM, free as a 5 PM, $115 + license, 349-6584. carousel animal figures add beauty to this garden admission, 235-6042. gift to the community (donations of nonexhibit. Signs of the Season in Art and History perishable food for Baskervill Ministries 4 – Gospel Choir Seasonal Concert at - In the Jennewein Gallery, Christmas trees, 3-Feb. 26 – The Oaks Plantation History appreciated), 237-4940. Wheelwright Auditorium. A celebration art, and furnishings reflecting the holiday and Nature Trail. Learn the story of The Oaks of joyous and heart-felt seasonal music, celebrations at Brookgreen in the late 19th Plantation. Transportation to is only by mini16 – A Christmas Tea at Hobcaw Barony. this annual event is a community favorite and early 20th centuries are on display. bus which departs on the hour from 12-3 that celebrates various holiday customs. This An afternoon party hosted by Hobcaw Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden PM. Tickets must be purchased at Keepsakes Barony volunteers at Hobcaw House. concert features the harmony of the admission, 235-6000. at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Travel into the woods and down to a bluff Coastal Carolina University Inspirational Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 12-3 PM, $3 in addition overlooking Winyah Bay. Decorated with Ambassadors. Sat., 4:30 PM, free with ticket, 30 – Scholars Forum at Georgetown to garden admission, 235-6042. greenery from the plantation, the Baruch 349-2502. Library. Critical Care Medicine – Rebecca home offers tours, refreshments and remarks Grieggs, RN, of Georgetown Hospital System 4 – Christmas Open House at the Kaminski by Lee Brockington. Thurs., 2-4 PM, $25, 546- 5-7 – OLLI Free Week at Coastal Carolina will tell us what conditions constitute the University. Three days of lectures, 4623. House Museum and the Stewart Parker need for Critical (Intensive) Care and how demonstrations and workshops offered free House in Georgetown. Live music and light it differs from non-critical care patient to introduce the spring line-up of courses at 16-18 – Nights of a Thousand Candles at refreshments. Sat., 3-5 PM, free, 546-7706. treatment. Tues., 10 AM, free, 237-1387. the Foundation Center in Conway (Hwy 501 Brookgreen Gardens. See Dec. 3-4 entry for & Winyah Road) on Wednesday; Waccamaw details. Thurs.-Sat., 3-10 PM, $15 adults, $6 5 – Annual Murrells Inlet Christmas Higher Education Center (160 Willbrook children, 235-6000. Parade. Starts at Willcox Avenue and Blvd.) on Thursday; and Myrtle Beach 1 – 11th Annual Holiday Concert at The marches down Bus.17. Afterwards, meet Education Center (79th Avenue North & Hwy. First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, 17 – The Moveable Feast: Philip Powell at Morse Landing Park for the tree lighting 17 Bypass) on Friday. Wed.-Fri., 9 AM-5 PM, 3810 Robert Grissom Pkwy., Myrtle Beach. ceremony. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with (Holiday Piano Concert) at Bove. With talent free, 349-6584, Coastal Carolina University’s Department of the children at the park. The Christmas tree and touch comparable to any concert (continued) Music presents the first of its Community will be lit and the Eagle Scouts will man a pianist on the national circuit, our own Concert Series. . Wed., 7:30 PM, free, 349bonfire to take the nip out of the air. Choirs keyboard magician closes the 12th season 2502. will entertain the crowd at the park. Sun., 3 of the Moveable Feast with a moving PM, free, 357-2007. concert featuring the works of Chopin and 3 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Schumann. Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $35, 235-9600. Fannie Flagg (I Still Dream About You) at 6 & 7 – Bellefield Before the Restoration. Pawleys Plantation. Bestselling author Tour the house and grounds of Bellefield 31 – New Years Eve Party at The PIT. Ring Fannie Flagg’s trademark comic flair is out Plantation before restoration begins on in the new year at Pawleys Island Tavern with in full force in her new novel about the Belle Baruch’s home at Hobcaw. Join Richard The Freeloaders, free champagne toast at unpredictability of life. (Book signing at Camlin and Lee Brockington. Mon. & Tues., midnight! Fri., 9 PM, free to attend, 237-8465. Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $20, 546-4623. 3-4 – Nights of a Thousand Candles. Brookgreen Gardens’ most popular annual event returns this year! 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10-May 1– CLASS (Community Learning About Special Subjects) offers Girls Island Getaway at Sea View Inn with Lee Brockington, and The Moveable Feast (Friday literary luncheons at area restaurants with different authors), 235-9600 or 10-May 27 – Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University’s three outreach centers in Litchfield, Myrtle Beach and Conway offers more than 300 short, noncredit courses for seasoned adults in art, photography, computers, foreign language, history, literature, writing, music, theater, film, personal growth and development, natural history and lowcountry excursions. Membership is only $20 (Jan. to Sept.) and provides multiple benefits (e-newsletter, special interest groups like book clubs and gardening academies, as well as discounts at many cultural and wellness venues). For a detailed catalog and current newsletter, 349-6584 or 14 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Ken Burger (Sister Santee) at TBA. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 2378138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. 15 – Mad Hatters Tea Party. Show off your favorite hat in Brookgreen’s Holliday Cottage for a luncheon and tea party. Space is limited and reservations are required on a first-come first-serve basis. Also offered Jan. 22 & 29. Sat., 11:30 AM-1 PM, 235-6016. 15-16 – Winyah Bay Heritage Festival. The 2011 festival will feature the most exciting lineup of events in its young history, including the Dixie Dock Dogs, an affiliate club of DockDogs, Inc., a nonprofit organization that benefits different canine charities. The group promotes the canine sport of dock diving throughout the Southeast, and membership is open to anyone with any breed, size or age dog. The Festival is designed to celebrate the rich history of the Winyah Bay area, with an emphasis on conservation, preservation, art, hunting, fishing, decoy carving and other unique traditions. The festival takes place in various locations throughout Georgetown County, and proceeds benefit the Georgetown County Historical Society and the Georgetown County Museum.


Check the website for scheduling details, 19-Mar. 2 – “Priscilla’s Posse” at Brookgreen Gardens. “Priscilla,” was a 10-year-old Sierra Leonean who was captured as a slave in 1756 and brought to a rice plantation in South Carolina. Cultural links with Gullah and Sierra Leone are explored. Wed. (except Feb. 2 & 9), 1 PM, free with garden admission, 235-6000. 21 – Winter Wings at Hobcaw Barony. Join Wendy Allen for a guided birding trip through Hobcaw, with emphasis on the shorebirds. Dress warmly and bring water, snack, and binoculars. Weather permitting, limited to 14 participants. Fri., 8 AM-12 PM, $10, 546-4623. 21 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt) at TBA. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600.

29 – Souper Bowl XIV to benefit Habitat for Humanity will be held at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church on Waverly Road in Pawleys Island, featuring hundreds of handcrafted and hand-painted vessels, scores of gourmet soups, and loaves of homemade breads. Sponsored by South Carolina Bank and Trust. Sat., 5:30-7:30 PM, $25 or $30 at the door, 546-5685.

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29-April 24 – Brookgreen Gardens will host two indoor sculpture exhibitions with a focus on animals. Out of the Wild displays some of the larger animals and Cold Blooded Art depicts reptiles. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden admission, 235-6000.

February/2011 2-28 – The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail at Brookgreen Gardens. See Jan. 3 entry for details. Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 12-3 PM, $3 (in addition to garden admission), 2356000. 1-27 – Silent Cities at Brookgreen Gardens. See Jan. 2 entry for details. Sun., Tues., Thurs., 10 AM & 12 PM, $15 (in addition to garden admission), 2356000.

4 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: Lou Dischler (My Only 21-23 – “The Early Miracle” by Lew Holton Sunshine) at TBA. (Book signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237-8138.) presented by Murrells Inlet Community Theatre. Southern comedy by Murrells Inlet Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. playwright and director of last season’s “Sylvia.” Also offered Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-6 – “The Early Miracle” by Lew 4-6. Fri. & Sat., 8 PM; Sat. & Sun., 2 PM, $10 Holton presented by Murrells Inlet (groups of 15+, $8), 651-4152. Community Theatre. See Jan. 21 entry for details. Fri. & Sat., 8 PM; Sat. & Sun., 2 22 – Mad Hatters Tea Party. See Jan. 15 PM, $10 (groups of 15+, $8), 651-4152. entry for details. Also offered Jan. 29. Sat., 11:30 AM-1 PM, 235-6016. 5-26 – Warm up with Winter Teas in February! Treat yourself to a Winter Tea 28 – The Moveable Feast/Book Signing: in the Pavilion Restaurant in Brookgreen Susan Hasler (Intelligence) at TBA. (Book Gardens. Enjoy teas, scones, and other signing at Litchfield Books, Fri., 2 PM, 237sweet treats. Reservations are required. 8138.) Feast Fri., 11 AM-1 PM, $25, 235-9600. Sat., 3:30 and 4 PM seatings, 235-6016 (for menus, prices & reservations). 28-30 – “The Early Miracle” by Lew Holton presented by Murrells Inlet Community 12 – Black History Month Theatre. See Jan. 21entry for details. Also Performance. Brookgreen Garden’s the offered Feb. 4-6. Fri. & Sat., 8 PM; Sat. & Sun., 2 Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. PM, $10 (groups of 15+, $8), 651-4152. A special cultural menu in the Pavilion Restaurant will be offered the day of 29 – Mad Hatters Tea Party. See Jan. 22 entry for details. Also offered Jan. 29. Sat., 11:30 the performance. Sat., 1 PM, free with garden admission, 235-6000. AM-1 PM, 235-6016.

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16-18 – Celebration of Inquiry at Coastal Carolina University. The tenth annual event will be held throughout CCU’s Conway campus. More than 120 conference sessions by faculty, students, staff and community members are anticipated and will be noted in the conference program. Complete event information will be

available in January 2011. Wed. evening through Fri. afternoon, free and open to the public, 17-19 – Gloria Perkins Oil Painting Workshop at the Litchfield Exchange. Join award-winning artist and Atlantabased teacher for a three-day intensive painting workshop during which you will complete three impressionistic-style paintings. Prepped canvas purchase required; all paints provided. Advance registration through CLASS required. Thurs.-Sat.., 8:30 AM-4 PM, $275, 2359600 or 19-2011– Waccamaw Conference, sponsored by Waccamaw Riverkeeper and Sierra Winyah Group, at CCUWaccamaw. Join the conservation community for our annual conference summarizing the state of our local environmental resources and the benefits they provide to our community and to our economy. Sat., 8:30 AM-12:30 PM, $10 (discounts to members), 3494007 or 19 – River Roast South at Kimbel Hall, Hobcaw. Our annual south end get together to enjoy delicious oysters and southern buffet provided by Litchfield Beach Fish House and libations (beer provided by New South Brewing Company). Sat., afternoon, $30 ($50/ couple, discounts to members), 3494007. 24-27 – Seventh Annual French Film Festival at Waccamaw Higher Education Center. Four days and six films shown in their original language with English subtitles, organized by Josette Sharwell and sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University, including The Hedgehog, Two in the Wave, Capitaine Achab, Le Petit Nicolas, Before Tomorrow, Sans Rancune, $3 per film ($1 for students and OLLI members), 3496584. 26 – Motion Picture Magic: Music from the Movies - Myrtle Beach Rotary Club Concert at Myrtle Beach High School Music & Arts Center. Sat., 7:30 PM, 4488379 for tickets. (continued)

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Late February-Early March Daffodil Days, makes an unprecedented visual display before the peak spring blooming season and provides another reason to visit Brookgreen Gardens in the winter! Several hundred thousand daffodils and other spring flowers provide vistas of color from late winter until early spring. Daily, 9:30 AM-5 PM, 235-6000.

25-27 – “The Price” by Arthur Miller presented by Murrells Inlet Community Theatre. Tony Award winner for Best Play. 3 – Oysters & Clams in the Creek & Kitchen Considered one of Miller’s most engrossing and entertaining plays. Also offered April at Hobcaw Barony. Learn all about oysters 1-3. Fri. & Sat., 8 PM; Sat. & Sun., 2 PM, $10 and clams, including the importance of (groups of 15+, $8), 651-4152. bivalves to the salt marsh, some of the interesting animals that inhabit the reefs and mudflats, rules and regulations for collecting, 25 & 26 – 64th Annual Plantation & Townhouse Tours, sponsored by Episcopal and how to choose and gather your own. Church Women of Prince George Winyah We will start with a visit to a nearby tidal Parish. Tours of historic plantation homes creek (boots or old shoes recommended) and townhouses, midday musical moments to demonstrate collection techniques, at the church, homebaked goods, prints then cook and enjoy a tasty treat of freshly and paintings by local artists, books from prepared oysters and clams. Weather permitting; limited to 14 participants; Thurs., Georgetown Historical Society. Advance sales through Mar. 11. Fri. & Sat., 9:30 AM-5 PM, 1-5 PM, $25, 546-4623. $35 per day or $60 for both, 545-8291. 9-30 – Gullah/Geechee Rhythms in the 26 – Waccamaw River Cleanup at Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Conway Marina (4 Elm Street). Help keep Utilizing audience participation in singing the Waccamaw River clean and healthy and storytelling, Ron Daise, Brookgreen by joining volunteers to pick up trash in Garden’s Vice President for Creative and along the Waccamaw in the Conway Education, identifies ten memorable ways area. Come prepared for the weather and to recall the importance and significance trash pickup. Bring your boat or just yourself. of the Gullah/Geechee heritage. Pictures, Lunch provided for volunteers. Free and music, personal reflections, and instruction open to the public. Sat., 9 AM-noon, 349are interwoven throughout the stanzas 4007 or to the tune of a well-known Gullah coded message song. Wed., 1 PM, free with garden 26 – Diggin’ It Spring Garden Expo. One of admission, 235-6000. Brookgreen’s major events of the year with outstanding guest speakers and Brookgreen 10 – Atalaya’s 3-in-1 Day at Huntington horticulture staff who will give talks, Beach State Park. March 10th, the mutual birthday and wedding anniversary of Archer demonstrations, and advice on gardening in the coastal south region. This is the “go and Anna Hyatt Huntington, is celebrated to” place to get all the answers for your with a special event including “wedding” gardening questions. Sat., 9:30 AM-5 PM, free cake and refreshments, at their former with garden admission, 235-6000. winter home. Atalaya is a National Historic Landmark and this event is a fundraiser for the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park. April/2011 Thurs., $10 (space is limited), 237-4440 or 1-30 – Brookgreen Gardens “Open Late Till 8.” After a day on the golf course or on the 12-20 – Canadian-American Days®, beach, see the beauty of Brookgreen’s spring sponsored by Myrtle Beach Area Chamber flowers when the gardens remain open. of Commerce. One of the two Saturdays Gift shop and food service are available. will be South Strand Wildlife & History Day at Ride with an interpreter on a Graveyard Huntington Beach State Park. This annual free Trekker Excursion and explore some of the day for natural and cultural history includes cemeteries on the 9,000 acre property of displays, tours and hands-on activities will be Brookgreen. (The excursions are available set up in the Atalaya courtyard throughout on Sun., Tues. and Thurs. at 5:30 PM and the day. Learn about our ghost stories, cost $15 per person in addition to garden saltmarsh ecology, history of rice culture, admission.) Daily, 9:30 AM-8 PM, free with birding, Atalaya, alligators and more! Enjoy garden admission, 235-6000. the free entertainment. Stop by one of our fine Murrells Inlet restaurants set up at the 1-Oct. 31 – Whispering Wings Butterfly castle ready to serve you favorite Lowcountry Experience at Brookgreen’s Butterfly and seafood eats. Visit SCPRT website or 235- House. This seasonal exhibit features a lush 8755. garden filled with tropical plants where hundreds of butterflies soar through the 13 – The World of the Orchestra (with air. Monarch, Zebra Longwing, Polydamas the Carolina Master Chorale). Long Bay Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Symphony Series Concert at Myrtle Beach Spicebush Swallowtails, Julias, Buckeyes, High School Music & Arts Center. Sun., 4 PM, Queens, Painted Lady, and American Lady are 448-8379 for tickets. just a few of the species that call Whispering Wings home. Whispering Wings contains a 15 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross pupae emergence room where visitors may Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. observe the transformation from chrysalis The Cultural Council of Georgetown County to adult butterflies. Interpretive signs presents Third Tuesday Treasures, a series throughout the exhibit and benches provide of free concerts featuring talented music a restful place to watch their delicate beauty



faculty of CCU and members of their studios, in flight. Daily, 10:30 AM-4:30 PM, adults $3, including several winners of the Young children $2 for a 30-minute timed visit, in Treasures Scholarships. Tues., 7 PM, free and addition to garden admission, 235-6000. open to the public, 237-3035. 1-3 – “The Price” by Arthur Miller presented 20 – Tea & Symphony at the Burroughs by Murrells Inlet Community Theatre. See & Chapin Art Museum. The Long Bay Mar. 25 entry for details. Fri. & Sat., 8 PM; Sat. & Symphony Guild presents their annual tea. Sun., 2 PM, $10 (groups of 15+, $8), 651-4152. Sat., $30, 448-8379.

16 – Bike to the Boardwalk. Bike through Hobcaw’s forest to the Reserves beautiful saltmarsh boardwalk on North Inlet. Meet Reserve staff in the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center parking lot and bike 2.5 miles (each way) on gravel roads to experience a leisurely salt marsh exploration. Upland forest habitats, wildlife, salt marsh ecology, and a variety of other topics will be discussed during the trip. Bring your own 3 – Lost at Sea Memorial Annual Ceremony bike (all terrain tires recommended), helmet, at Morse Park Landing. The annual ceremony snack, water, camera, and binoculars (if desired). Weather permitting; limited to 15 memorializes those whose lives have been participants. Sat., 9:30-11:30 AM, free, 546lost to the sea. Sun., 2 PM, 458-7671. 4623. 6-27 – Gullah/ Geechee Rythyms at the 16-17 – Plantacular Sale. Just in time for Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. spring and summer, top quality, hard-to-find Pictures, music, personal reflections, and plants, trees and flowers from Brookgreen’s instruction are interwoven throughout the greenhouse are available for purchase. Sat. stanzas to the tune of a well-known Gullah & Sun., 9:30 AM-5 PM, free with garden coded message song. Wed., 1 PM, free with admission, 235-6000. garden admission, 235-6000. 10 – Smaller Treasures Through the Ages. Long Bay Symphony Chamber Orchestra Concert at First Presbyterian Church Great Hall on Grissom Parkway campus. Sun., 4 PM, 448-8379 for tickets. 10 – Inaugural “Marshwalk Masters” to benefit Murrells Inlet 2020. Play the hole at each of the nine stops on tour and lowest score wins. No rush, no problem, just play each of the holes in the order you want, enjoying beverages and appetizers as you go. An after-party and awards ceremony at Spud’s Waterfront with live music starting at 8:30 PM. Sun., 4-8 PM, fee tbd, 357-2007.

19 – Third Tuesday Treasures at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Church, Pawleys Island. The Cultural Council of Georgetown County presents Third Tuesday Treasures, a series of free concerts featuring talented music faculty of CCU and members of their studios, including several winners of the Young Treasures Scholarships. Tues., 7 PM, free and open to the public, 237-3035.


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Heritage Sites

Rich in History ... Alive With Activity

A growing number of savvy travelers are jaded by the homogenization of travel locales all across the globe. More than ever, authentic and enlightening experiences are a critical factor in travel decisions. In fact, tourism studies rank Heritage Tourism among the nation’s three most popular vacation activities, and our Lowcountry is ideally positioned to deliver each and every visitor’s expectation. Filled with diverse and revealing cultural, historic and natural treasures, there are more than plenty of activities and attractions from which to choose. From breathtaking old churches and slave communities to sculpture gardens, graceful historic districts and captivating museums, the Lowcountry is a land of endless tales. Please call individual listings or visit websites for current schedules and detailed information, and remember to tell them Lowcountry Companion sent you!

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From its beginning in 1931 when Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington created this nonprofit outdoor museum, it has been a sanctuary designed to restore spirit and soul. Wide, If you’d like to meet a fascinating and way-out couple, read on. Nationally and internationally, this twosome exerted significant influence on twentieth century art, libraries expansive lawns with majestic oaks and world renowned sculpture invite you to relax. Smaller, enclosed gardens encourage private reflection. Every day Brookgreen offers a and museums. selection of tours, programs, and exhibits for all ages. Stroll through the Gardens on a In 1930, New York residents Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington purchased a vast stretch of guided tour or explore a multitude of magical, tucked-away spaces on your own. real estate on the Waccamaw Neck – land that once operated as four Colonial plantations. The following year, they began construction of a home they called Atalaya, a Spanish word The thousands of acres of Brookgreen’s Lowcountry History and Wildlife Preserve are rich for “watchtower,” on the oceanfront side of their property. with evidence of the great rice plantations of the 1800s, as well as with the native plants and animals of the Lowcountry. Explore the property’s history through programs at the Archer, an imposing man at 6’5”, had a great sense of humor and adored his wife, the Lowcountry Center, and by traveling by boat or overland vehicle deep into the Preserve. renowned twentieth century sculptor, Anna Hyatt Huntington. Though Anna studied the A free weekly Gullah/Geechee Program Series on Wednesday afternoons provides an violin in preparation for a career as a musician, she began sculpting in her teens and the audience-participatory educational experience about the culture of the descendants of new hobby became her lifelong passion. Clearly, she chose her passion well because she enslaved West Africans who toiled in the rice, cotton, and indigo plantations of southeastern became one of the most talented and well-known sculptors of the 1900s. colonies.

Born in Cambridge, MA on March 10, 1876, Anna was earning $50,000 a year as a sculptor by the time she was in her early twenties. She became renowned for realistic sculptures of animals and heroic sculptures – larger-than-life pieces featuring characters like Joan of Arc, Abe Lincoln and Don Quixote on horseback. Sharing the same birthday, Archer Milton Huntington was born on March 10, 1870. A philanthropist, scholar and visionary, Archer’s passion was Hispanic culture. He traveled to Spain and Mexico as a young man and fell in love with the people, their languages, art and architecture. This is one of the reasons he built his winter home, Atalaya, to resemble a Moorish fortress. He hired mostly local labor, thereby supporting about one hundred families and becoming the largest employer in Georgetown County from 1931-33 during the height of the Great Depression. He began Brookgreen Gardens, across the highway from Huntington Beach State Park, to exhibit his wife’s sculpture. For Anna, Atalaya included indoor and outdoor studios. At about 40,000 square feet, the home encompasses almost an entire acre. This includes a large interior courtyard, bear pens, dog kennels, a library and an oyster shucking room. Interestingly, as large as the house is, the Huntingtons did not entertain here. The home served as a retreat during the winter months. Atalaya was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992, and it is the only home/studio of an artist in the SC State Park System. Atalaya (pronounced at-a-LIE-ya) is open year round from 9 AM to 5 PM (unless otherwise posted) for self-guided tours. A new 45-minute audio tour ($4/person) allows visitors to hear Atalaya come to life. It includes excerpts from an interview with Anna as she talks about her sculpting work. Atalaya admission is $1 per person for visitors ages six and older. (March 1 through October 31, docent-led tours are offered Monday through Friday at 2 PM and Saturday at 12 Noon.) Atalaya is handicapped accessible.


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Take advantage of another special treat by walking the Lowcountry Trail, an elevated boardwalk through live oaks to the Ricefield Overlook. The vista across what was once Brookgreen Plantation’s main ricefield is intriguing and beautiful. Along the way archaeological digs reveal the remains of four structures and the site of an overseer’s residence with a kitchen, smokehouse, and cabin. Interpretive panels at each location offer a peek into the lives of plantation owners, the overseers, and enslaved Africans. The Lowcountry Trail Audio Tour offers a fictionalized story about life at Brookgreen Plantation. It unwinds at eleven listening stations and portrays perspectives about life and death for the Plantation Owner, the Overseer, the Enslaved African Female, and the Enslaved African Male: four stainless steel sculptures are positioned along the Trail. A self-guided walking tour, The Oaks History and Nature Trail, is situated along Oaks Creek on the southern-most edge of the property. The Oaks was an indigo and rice plantation owned by the Allston/Alston family from the 1730s through the early 1900s. It was home to SC Governor Joseph Alston and his wife, Theodosia Burr Alston, the only child of Aaron Burr. Their marriage in 1801 was followed by a series of tragedies that included the death of their only son, Theodosia’s disappearance at sea in January of 1813 and Joseph’s death in 1816. The trail boasts interpretive panels and benches for soaking up the beauty. Transportation to and from the trail is only available via Brookgreen Gardens mini-bus, and there is a $3 charge per person in addition to Garden admission. Brookgreen opens daily from 9:30 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and older, $6 for ages 4 – 12, and free for children three and younger. (Take full advantage of the fact that these rates include admission for seven full days!) See Lowcountry’s Calendar of Events for additional detail.

Hobcaw Barony Hwy. 17, Georgetown 843.546.4623 Hobcaw is a Native American word meaning “between the waters” – a descriptive phrase for land bordered by the Waccamaw River (Intracoastal Waterway), Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Tribes had villages at Hobcaw, traded north and south with tribes of other coastal plain Indians, and established trading posts with colonial settlers.

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Prior to Georgetown’s founding, Hobcaw Barony was given by the king of England to one of Carolina’s Lords Proprietors. By the time of the Civil War, fourteen rice, indigo and naval stores plantations were operating with the labor of enslaved Africans. After the post-war decline in agriculture, Hobcaw’s wild game and inexpensive price lured Bernard M. Baruch, native South Carolinian turned Wall Street millionaire, to purchase the 17,500 acres as his winter hunting retreat. For more than five decades, he entertained world leaders … industrialists, filmmakers, government officials, Broadway directors, journalists, artists and headliners. Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt both retreated to this bluff overlooking Winyah Bay. Baruch’s daughter, Belle, a sailor, pilot and world class equestrian, purchased the Barony and considered it her permanent home. At her death, The Belle W. Baruch Foundation was created to own and operate Hobcaw Barony as a center for environmental research and education. To protect the property’s use as a research facility, public access is offered through staffguided tours and programs. Three-hour van tours are scheduled Tuesday through Friday, and reservations are essential. (Please call for times.) Tours require little walking and include views of marshes and rice fields, longleaf pine forests along the Kings Highway, the grounds of Belle’s 1936 home and stable, and a tour of the interior of Hobcaw House, rebuilt in 1930. Also a feature on the tour is Friendfield, a former slave village with cabins dating to 1840, an 1890 church, and home to descendants of slaves until 1952. Frequent special programs, from field studies to lectures, focus on aspects of the property’s diverse history. This is a place deserving of discovery. Hobcaw Barony recently opened a fabulous new Discovery Center that features exhibits on ecology, history and the significant biological research done at Hobcaw. An aquarium, live visual feeds from the property, maps and audio interviews are included. The property’s history is interpreted through American Indian points and pottery, pine plantation production tools, archaeological evidence of ironwork and ceramics of the colonial and antebellum eras, remnants of African American life, and photographs and objects from the Baruch family archives. Staff and volunteers invite you to stop and see a twenty-minute film about Hobcaw Barony, check the schedule and make reservations for one of a variety of programs. Located on Highway 17 ten miles south of Pawleys Island and one mile north of Georgetown, someone is available Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. See Lowcountry’s Calendar of Events, too.




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Pawleys Island Historic District

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site


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Pawleys Island has the distinction of being one of the only SC sea islands to have original antebellum and late nineteenth century beach homes that are still surviving. Eight elegantly rustic antebellum summer retreats border the Atlantic at the eastern end of the island’s circa 1946 South Causeway, about midway between Pawleys’ north and south ends. Each of these homes have survived several major hurricanes that decimated most other parts of the small island, most recently Hazel in 1955 and Hugo in 1989. Among these historic homes is The P.C.J. Weston House/ Pelican Inn, a pre-Civil War summer residence of rice plantation owner Plowden Charles Jenerette Weston. It was constructed of numbered cypress planks brought across the creek from his nearby Hagley Plantation. After Weston’s demise near the close of the Civil War, his cousin, William St. Julien Mazyck owned the house until the turn of the century when he sold it to the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company. ACL families vacationed here for years. The Ward/Liberty Lodge has the original hand-hewn sills and joints and stands on land once owned by Joshua J. Ward, renowned rice planter and state Lieutenant Governor from 1850-52. One of the oldest houses on the island, the Ward House, is believed to have been moved here after 1858. Two of the other Island historic homes, the All Saints Summer Parsonage/Rectory and the All Saints Academy Summer House, belonged to All Saints’ Episcopal Church. The Summer Parsonage, built by 1848, was where planters’ evening summer services were held. The Summer Academy, constructed between 1838 and 1848, was the summer residence of the area rice planters’ children’s school headmaster.

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Hampton Plantation’s mansion stands as centerpiece of this 322-acre property. Once the heart of a flourishing rice plantation, the home is now a National Historic Landmark. Noted writer and SC poet laureate, Archibald Rutledge lived here. He sold his storied property to the state in 1971. The mansion’s interior, purposefully left unfurnished, showcases noteworthy architectural and construction details. Cutaway sections of walls and ceilings give evidence of the building’s evolution from a simple farmhouse to a mansion. Exposed timber framing, hand-carved mantels and delicately wrought hardware reveal the precision of an eighteenthcentury builder’s craft. Outside the mansion, a historic kitchen building, enormous live oaks, camellia gardens and archaeological sites record the story of the rise and decline of the Lowcountry rice culture. Visitors to Hampton can explore the mansion, wander the grounds or simply stand on the banks of Wambaw Creek and view the remains of centuries-old rice fields.Park hours are 9 AM to 6 PM daily, year round. Mansion tours are given Saturday-Tuesday at 1, 2, and 3 PM. Admission to the Plantation grounds is free; house tours are $4 for adults; $3 for ages six to sixteen and $2.50 for SC senior citizens. For current schedules and programming, please contact the park directly.

“On the day when man told the story of his life to man, history was born.” Alfred de Vigny (1797-1863); Poet, playwright, and novelist

Thanks to the recent opening of the 581 square foot Heritage Center, the Georgetown County Library (located on Cleland Street in Georgetown) continues the telling of history. Past library productions, documentaries, and oral histories can be selected and viewed by library patrons on seven flat-screen televisions. Carefully recorded and preserved, more than 200 oral histories from area residents are at the heart of this vast collection.

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Defined by as the “systematic collecting of living people’s testimony about their own experiences,” oral histories have long been treasured by historians. The late Genevieve W. Chandler, a resident of Murrells Inlet, collected more than one hundred interviews from around Georgetown County. Her work gave voice to invaluable stories that previously went unheard. Part of the WPA Federal Writer’s Project, her task was to gather narratives from individuals who witnessed the Civil War, slavery and Reconstruction. Her interviews offer a rare glimpse into the lives of common people who were overlooked for too many years. More recently, Georgetown County’s Library has worked to interview local residents who lived through other historic events.

Overlooking the Sampit River in Georgetown, two beautiful homes rich in history are open daily and offer informal and friendly guided tours. The Kaminski House Museum was built in 1769 by a wealthy merchant, Paul Trapier, for his daughter, Elizabeth. The house has had fourteen owners including three mayor’s of Georgetown. The last owners, Harold and Julia Kaminski, purchased the house in 1931; they made final improvements to the home and filled it with beautiful antiques.

The Center itself has been transformed into an area where library patrons can immerse themselves in the County’s history. Café-style tables and chairs, free Wi-Fi and vending machines make this a comfortable place to “soak up” history. The Library will continue to produce locally-focused video content that fills historical gaps by telling the stories of everyday men and women.

When Mrs. Kaminski died in 1972, she willed the house to the City of Georgetown to be opened as a museum in honor of her late husband and his mother, Rose Kaminski. Many consider the Museum’s collection of fine antiques its greatest appeal. English and American furniture and Georgetown, the state’s third oldest city, dates to 1729 decorative arts date from the early 1700s. More than a few when the town was laid out by Elisha Screven. A four-byeight block grid – bordered by Wood, Church, Meeting and pieces are of national and international significance.The Stewart-Parker House, a Georgian style brick home, is located Front Streets – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the nation’s busiest seaports in Colonial times next door to the Kaminski House and was built around 1740 by Robert Stewart. It is local tradition that Mr. Daniel through the grand era of rice production, Georgetown Tucker, the second owner of played host to tall-masted sailing ships delivering goods the house, entertained George from Europe as well as other ports along the Atlantic Washington during his tour seaboard. Once empty, the ships set sail again loaded with Lowcountry products including indigo, rice, cotton, lumber of the South in 1791. There have been many changes and other naval stores. to the building throughout Georgetown’s 220-acre Historic District has more than thirty its lifetime, changes that transformed it to the beautiful eighteenth century structures, as well as at least eighteen pre-Civil War buildings. Recent inventories have added 129 Federal Style dwelling it is today. The house is now buildings known to be at least one hundred years old. A owned by the Colonial Dames collection of late nineteenth and early twentieth century of SC and leased by the City commercial buildings is located along Front (originally of Georgetown. The house known as Bay) Street. The District is compact, and markers identify historic structures. Begin your Historic Georgetown is available for weddings, visit at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 531 Front meetings and events. Circa 1769 Street next door to Georgetown Times. (continued)

Today, stories once told only to a few have been – and will continue to be – recorded and preserved. As a 1930s NC man said, “You don’t have to be famous for your life to be history.” ( Call the Georgetown County Library to ask questions, 843.545.3300.

The Joseph Blyth Allston House/Pawleys House built circa 1800, stands on land that once belonged to R.F.W. Allston, Governor of South Carolina from 1856-58. Allston’s nephew, Joseph Blyth Allston, is believed to have moved the house here circa 1866. Each of the Pawleys Island Historic District homes, with the exception of the Pelican Inn, is a private residence. All of the homes are easily seen from Myrtle Avenue, which runs the length of the island.

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The Kaminski House Museum The Museum’s impressive collection includes furnishings & decorative arts dating from the late 1700s, & examples of Charleston cabinetry of the 1800s

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The KAMINSKI HOUSE is open 7 days a week with guided tours. In the Historic District ... 1003 Front Street • 546-7706

Lowcountry Companion 39 Large numbers of people tour, photograph and worship in this lovely old building. Wear and tear is inevitable. Sanctuary tour times vary, so please call ahead. If you can catch one, you’ll be lucky in every way. Admission is free but donations are deeply appreciated.

The Kaminski House Museum and Stewart-Parker House anchor the western end of Front Street. The Houses are open Monday through Saturday, call for tour times. Tours are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for children aged 6 – 12. The Museum Store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM – 5 PM. Go shopping for unique Southern wares even if you can’t take the tour!

Georgetown Maritime Museum

Georgetown County Museum

531 Front St., Georgetown 843.545.0015; 877.285.3888

632 Prince St., Georgetown 843.545.7020

Georgetown’s Harbor Historical Association (HHA) has always dreamed of establishing a maritime museum. Albeit slowly, their dream is coming true. In the meantime, the Maritime Museum has a temporary location downstairs in the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce building on the south end of Front Street. This location represents a small beginning as grander plans continue to take shape.

Muskets, marsh, and muslin. Rice, rivers, and revolution. What do these seemingly unrelated subjects have in common? The Georgetown County Museum, located in the heart of the Historic District, offers a glimpse into the fascinating connections that intertwine many facets of local life and lore through three hundred years of American history. A colonial town, Georgetown has seen it all and keeps the spirit of each era alive with a wide variety of displays and exhibits.

Although small in number, current exhibits are large in scope; visitors are frequently surprised. In addition to numerous photographs, prints and paintings, four ship models Examine Native American artifacts of the Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Sampit tribes, as well as reflect the area’s rich maritime history. After the Civil War and the fall of the rice empire, relics from the earliest maritime industry of the 1730s when Georgetown was established the timber industry was very important in maintaining Georgetown’s prosperity. It is fitting, then, that the centerpiece of the museum is a model of a four-masted schooner as an international Port of Entry. The cultivation of indigo, and then rice, comes alive. used for transporting lumber for the Atlantic Coast Lumber Company. Get a close look at relics from the local plantation culture – clothing and toys, old quilts Shrimping has long served as recreation and a source of livelihood for locals. and slave bills of sale, military memorabilia from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Appropriately, the Prodigal Son, a shrimp trawler, is also on exhibit as a model. It may be a hundreds of pictures and so much more. The drama and glory of the Revolutionary War shock to some to know the beautiful old boat is still in operation as a pleasure vessel. is also on display. Francis Marion, a Revolutionary War hero known as the “Swamp Fox” walked our streets (one of the Museum’s most prized possessions is a letter he wrote), Area rivers and tributaries once served as major highways. One boat used for the as did the British Redcoats. Later, Union Blue troops marched about town in search of transportation of passengers and freight was the Governor Safford, another model on Confederate Gray. Georgetown has been visited by Presidents and Royalty, and figures exhibit. This side wheel steamer operated from Hagley Landing in Pawleys Island, and readily recognized throughout American history, and they have left their mark here. for a brief time connected the Island’s railroad with a string of stores behind Front Street. During the Civil War, blockade runners were placed off the coast of Georgetown to stop Georgetown experienced the heights of vast wealth and affluence through the first part supplies from entering or exiting the port. Admiral John Dahlgren ordered his naval forces of the nineteenth century, and then agonized about the loss of it all. Times were hard through the aftermath of the Civil War, but later, Georgetown rose to the top once more, to Georgetown to establish communication with General William T. Sherman. After the this time in the lumber business. Prosperity reigned again, and through it all, the bits and city surrendered, Admiral Dahlgren ordered his flagship, the Harvest Moon, to Charleston. On her way out of the port she struck a Confederate torpedo and sank off present-day pieces of everyday life can be seen here at the Museum. Please make time to visit and Hobcaw Barony. A descendant of the Harvest Moon crew, Ellison Smith, painstakingly discover the enthralling history of SC’s third oldest city and the county that surrounds it. researched the vessel and the entire crew. He donated his research findings, as well as a model he built himself, to the Museum’s archives. The Georgetown County Museum is located at 632 Prince Street in the Historic District – just one block north of the Town Clock on Front Street. The Museum is open Tuesday The Museum hopes to acquire related exhibits like relief maps, nautical charts and – Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for youth aged six through seventeen. Members and kids five paintings. If you are an individual who owns items related to Georgetown’s maritime history, please consider donating or loaning your stash to the Museum. Since the HHA is and younger get in free. Group rates are available. Please call ahead to ask questions. a 501(c)(3) organization, contributions are tax deductible. Contact the Harbor Historical Association at PO Box 2228, Georgetown, SC 29442. The Village Museum

401 Pinckney St., McClellanville 843.887.3030 The Village Museum has been recognized as one of SC’s finest small town museums. Exhibits demonstrate a time line that begins with See Wee Indian villages, explores a French Huguenot settlement at nearby Jamestown, as well as rice planting on Santee waterways, then moves to the establishment of McClellanville as a coastal resort. Displays reveal the simple lifestyle of the postwar farmer, the rise of timber harvesting in the twentieth century and the growth of the local seafood industry. Located at the end of Pinckney Street (Main Street), next to Town Hall, the Museum offers interpretive tours, visitor information and a gift shop. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM (closed noon to 1 PM for lunch). Members are admitted without charge. Admission for adults is $3; children and students, free. Special pricing available for tour groups. A hidden gem.

The Georgetown County Museum

Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church 708 Highmarket St., Georgetown 843.546.4358 Established in 1721, Prince George is one of the nation’s oldest churches in continuous use. Overhung with oaks and steeped in sad stories, the circa 1750 sanctuary was built with brick from the ballasts of British ships. The church was twice held by enemy troops; British soldiers during the Revolutionary War and Union soldiers during the Civil War. During those conflicts, legend has it horses were quartered in the stall-sized boxed pews. The latter occupation resulted in a great deal of damage, and the altar was rebuilt after the Civil War. The English stained glass behind the rebuilt altar was salvaged from a slaves’ chapel on a nearby plantation. The churchyard, worth a visit all its own, features one of the state’s oldest cemeteries; markers date to 1767.

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Tattered piece of the flag that flew over Ft. Sumter Original hand-drawn maps from mid-1700’s Revolutionary & Civil War memorabilia Original hand-written letter from Francis Marion “Dave the Slave” pottery dated 1852

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Highway 17 was being paved. It opened without fanfare and attracted little attention from passersby. According to an article published in the Coastal Observer on March 19, 1992, it is said the construction of the paper mill flooded the town with rowdy laborers from big northern cities … laborers accustomed to easy access to cathouses. "No woman was safe in the streets, the story goes, so the powers that be decided to recruit a good madam. [Tom] Just as every family has secrets, so does every Yawkey said he knew just the one." It is community. Despite a rich heritage of history, speculated that Yawkey, a local resident and beauty and culture, historic Georgetown is no exception. Many natives know the story, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, convinced though few talk about it without persuasion. "Miss Hazel," to relocate from Florence "Enough's been said," says one. "Let it rest," where she was already operating a high class snaps another. But usually – once he or she whorehouse. realizes the "story is out" – a knowing smile and a good-natured chuckle is followed by a World War II represented a particularly golden era of prosperity. Taxi drivers ran tale or two. shuttle services from Charleston, and untold numbers of soldiers and sailors From the Kaminski House Museum on left the Lowcountry to share the story of Front Street to Brookgreen Gardens' grand entrance, Georgetown County is blessed with Sunset Lodge. Local men said they could be famous landmarks. Barely one mile south of anywhere in the world and if they mentioned where they were from, someone would yell, the port city, however, stands remnants of what was once the city's – indeed, the State's "Sunset Lodge!" – most infamous landmarks. Its name was After the War, Sunset Lodge evolved into a Sunset Lodge. playhouse for the upper crust. The Lodge had a reputation for cleanliness, and "Miss Euphemistically speaking, Sunset Lodge was well-known as a "house of ill repute." In Hazel's girls" were hand-picked for being cultured and beautiful. Medical doctors and of itself, this fact is not so astounding. Prostitution is, after all, said to be the world's were paid by retainer, and "the hostesses" were checked once each week – after which oldest profession. The astounding detail of they displayed their "certificates of health" the story is that Sunset Lodge flourished, despite Deep South conservatism, from the under glass on their bedside tables. It is not early 1930s to 1969. For nearly four decades, surprising then that most customers were the rural bordello "operated under a blanket doctors, lawyers, politicians and millionaire sportsmen. According to "Sun Sets on of protection that began with Georgetown Sunset Lodge," one nationally circulated county law enforcement officers and magazine held a meeting of contributing continued to the state house in Columbia," writers at Myrtle Beach and, as a part of the according to a Christmas Eve, 1969 article program, retained the Sunset Lodge for an in the Charleston Evening Post. "Sun Sets on entire night. Boaters touring the Intracoastal Sunset Lodge," read the headline. And the article went on to describe the establishment Waterway knew it well and yachts often tied up at Georgetown simply because of the as "perhaps the most widely known site in proximity of Sunset Lodge. Aviators often SC, with the exception of Fort Sumter." flew into Georgetown Airport … for a visit. Sunset Lodge, a quiet looking Dutch Colonial And, albeit quietly, Sunset Lodge thrived. building, was built in the late 1920s when

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The unspoken consent of local officials and residents ended in the final month of 1969 when Sheriff Woodrow Carter closed the bordello. Some speculate he did so to stave off political criticism in an upcoming election. Others contend Madam Weisse actually asked him to lock the doors as she was getting too old to manage the establishment. The media reported the Lodge was closed after receiving complaints from residents throughout the state. Whatever the reason, the closure brought an end to one of the most colorful chapters in Georgetown County history. Following is the editorial that ran in The Georgetown Times on December 18, 1969. One cannot help but notice a shade of sadness in the clipping.

permissive society ironically brought its downfall. Rampant back-street vice in other South Carolina cities and demands for uniform enforcement of law placed a spot light locally. In a twist of fate, Sunset was eclipsed in the back-lash of a libertine age. Subsequent editorial clippings from a variety of local and regional papers confirm not all local citizens were pleased about the demise of their "one big tourist attraction." One resident, the owner of a toy store, claimed he had to close his doors when the Sunset girls moved away. Another prominent businessman claimed the Lodge was instrumental in bringing industry to the area. "It was the added attraction which tipped the scale in our favor," he said.

Sunset Lodge, a unique Georgetown county institution of international renown, was closed Friday as one phase of a state crack-down on After its closing, Sunset Lodge was illicit activities. purchased by a local couple who made the infamous house their home. Madam The 36-year-old brothel closed its doors on Weisse lived with them until her death in order of the Sheriff's Office. No charges were July of 1974. Of her, they had only good filed. Notice was served; Sunset hostesses things to say: "she was a precious lady … packed their bags and left. like a grandmother to my children." They also reported that "for years and years, we'd Sheriff Woodrow Carter said it was closed have ten cars a day … asking for Sunset." "indefinitely." Sunset was a paradox of society. Following the Vietnam War, whole busloads It was tolerated or ignored by most. In a of eager soldiers sometimes showed up seaport community, it was above board and direct from the plane in Charleston. self-disciplined. It was the source of frequent The Lodge burned in October of 1993. With contributions to many civic causes. the exception of a few outbuildings, little physical evidence remains today. Regardless, It existed despite the blue laws of government. even if only in memory and old clippings, The transition from a straight-laced to a Sunset Lodge lives on.

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RUSSELL’S SEAFOOD GRILL & RAW BAR 4906 Hwy. 17 Business 843.651.0553 Mon. – Sat. 4 – 10 PM Early Bird Specials & Happy Hour 4 – 6 PM Closed January

you’re in luck. It’s a must-have. Steaks – even a simple hamburger steak – taste better at this restaurant. Maybe it’s the tranquil inlet views that are “in your face” from almost every seat in the house. Maybe it’s the cozy atmosphere. This family owned and operated landmark radiates comfort. The entire staff is experienced, professional and attentive. The owners greet you either at the door or tableside. In the separate room that houses the bar, locals unwind and newcomers mingle. For all of these reasons, the food is excellent and good times are even better at Russell’s. This elevated “tree house” of an eatery rests under the moss-draped branches of a huge live oak. Warm weather, the shaded deck and beautiful inlet views create a delightful setting for a meal or a cocktail. Located on the southern end of the inlet, it’s one of the last pieces of Old Murrells Inlet. Don’t miss an opportunity to experience it. Chances are good we’ll see you there.

According to, Murrell Inlet boasts sixty-nine restaurants. Based on feedback from diners, they rate this piece of inlet history number one of them all! A Tennessee visitor wrote, “Our waitress was so nice – very attentive and helpful with suggestions. She and some of the other wait staff and even the owner would come by and make a fuss over the kids. The food was fabulous! The fried seafood platter was a generous size and delicious. It was just a great experience all around. We'll definitely be back and recommend it to all our friends!” Russell’s was also recognized by Coastal Living in 2003 and again in 2009 as being one of SC's top three seafood "dives." But don’t let the term “dive” fool you. Yes, Russell’s is rustic; the building itself is a venerable museum of Murrells Inlet history. Inlet memories pour from the photo-lined walls, punctuated here and there with “items of interest;” every picture and every article has a story. But what earned Russell’s its considerable fame isn’t on the walls, it’s in the kitchen. Seasoned staffers consistently turn out some of the Seafood Capital of SC’s most loved dishes. Visitors discover, repeat vacationers return, locals are regulars. The menu has something for everyone. Light eaters have a variety of appetizers, salads, soups and chowders to choose from. Share an order of the fish dip or a dozen oysters for starters or a snack. The oyster stew is unforgettably tasty. There are primo burgers, too. (The Russell Burger is a favorite.) The seafood – oh, my … those folks in the kitchen know how to do it right. Steamed oysters, fried seafood platters, grilled grouper – the works. It’s difficult to choose. There are nightly specials, too. If you see Hog Snapper on the 'specials’ board,


Give the Gift of Fine Dining! Take a gander at Lowcountry Companion’s dining reviews. Do you have a friend, business colleague or family member with a fast-approaching birthday or anniversary – and gift giving inspiration is slow coming? Are you tired of fighting crowds to shuffle through racks of ties and sweaters before heading home with the not-so-perfect gift? A gift certificate to one of our great restaurants is a no-fail solution to every gift giving quandary. One size fits all. And a fabulous dining experience is sure to be appreciated.

HANNAH BANANA’S SUNSHINE CABANA (Wacca Wache Marina, Intracoastal Mile Marker #57) 1950 Wachesaw Road • 843.357.3655 Open Daily 11:30 AM-11 PM (Limited menu after 9 PM) Mon.-Fri. Happy Hour 3 – 6 PM

Perched on an especially scenic bend of the Waccamaw River, this family-owned and operated restaurant and bar quickly became a local favorite when it opened a couple of years ago. Nary a local was surprised. Ken and Hannah Spiehler – longtime patrons of local food and beverage opportunities –used their experiences to create a hangout uniquely their own. True to Spiehler nature, they shared the process with platoons of friends and made extra rounds to area eateries before finalizing their decision. The end product is a clean, relaxed, and happy place with all the comforts of a neighborhood bar, four flat screens, a cheerful dose of kitsch, a great menu and an absolutely killer location. River views and sunsets are stunning. An ample deck is shaded by a timeless old Cypress and sports dining tables, evening entertainment and a bar all its own. Given

the view and cool river breezes, it’s quite the treat (and very easy) to while away an entire afternoon. Happy Hour runs from 3 – 6 PM. Old schoolers can get a PBR for a buck. Domestic beers are only $1.75. Liquor drinks are $2, except for the $3 Margaritas. House wines are reasonably priced at $3.50 a glass. Appetizers are discounted, too! An addictive order of southern fried pickles costs just $2! It’s worthy of note that – should any guest submit to temptation and imbibe a bit too much – Hannah’s own sober ride service will deliver (or fetch!) as many as fourteen people within reasonable traveling distance. The menu features uncomplicated options made from the most excellent ingredients. Only the tastiest, freshest ingredients are accepted in the kitchen. Everything is taste-tested by Ken, Hannah and friends before graduating to the menu. You’ll find all the basics – burgers, dogs, chicken, wings, salads, appetizers – as well as a few surprises. Rave reviews are steady for the Portabella Mushroom Sandwich. Served on a Kaiser, it’s topped with a tomato and perfectly melted Gouda cheese. Add a basket of hand-fried potato chips and you’ll be hooked. There’s a great kids’ menu – and a special treat for polite kiddies who remember to say “thank you” to their server – free ice cream! The dessert list is tempting and consists mostly of masterpieces by local pie celebrity, Michelle Beard. Choose from Peanut Butter, Key Lime, or Rocky Road. You won’t be disappointed. Take a trip down Wachesaw Road or the Waccamaw River to see the Spiehlers. At least one of them is almost always there – Ken, Hannah or son, Todd. If you want to check things out beforehand, their website is updated regularly and is full of entertainment information, pictures of the sunsets, opportunities to win prizes, complete menus, and more. Be sure and tell them their friends at Lowcountry Companion sent you. You might see us there, too. HOT FISH CLUB 4911 Hwy. 17 Business 843.357.9175 • Wed. – Sun. 4 PM – until Sunday Brunch 10 AM – 2 PM

When the original Hot and Hot Fish Club was established before the War of 1812, its purpose was to offer social interaction, entertainment and great food to SC’s Lowcountry rice planters. That purpose endures to this day at this something-for-

everyone venue of fine food and fun times. The indoor dining room offers ample seating with sweeping inlet views. In cool weather, screened porch seating is especially coveted. Outdoors at the Gazebo Bar, good times abound. Kids of all ages can enjoy volleyball and bean-bag toss games while live music fills the evening air. Outdoor diners can enjoy items from the menu and splendid creekside views. Partners Tom Davy, Sally LaValley and Danny Morris welcome the talented Chef Shay Seger to the Hot Fish Club’s kitchen. A graduate of our local culinary arts institute at Horry Georgetown Tech, Shay is churning out delectable fare worthy of the eateries’ long-standing reputation. The menu is a signature blend of standard coastal cuisine and tempting gourmet creations. Whet your appetite with wings or fried okra. Then opt for the blackened shrimp – grilled with Cajun seasoning and remoulade – outstanding! Sunset Specials range from a traditional shrimp basket to an “uptown” alternative of onion crusted salmon topped with honey Dijon sauce. (It’s a can’t-miss publisher’s favorite!) Other tempting dishes round out an affordable menu ($10.95 from 4 - 6 PM). There’s a Senior menu and a Kid’s menu, too. Other offerings are equally versatile. There’s something for every taste. Alongside the classic seafood platter, there are dishes like “Flounder Française,” lightly battered and dressed in a delectable sauce of garlic, lemon, white wine and butter. Landlubbers should try the “Pork Tenderloin Piccata” – sautéed medallions of tender pork in a yummy white wine and butter sauce with capers. The Inlet Steam Pot is a tempting combo of clams, oysters, crab legs, scallops, shrimp, mussels, sausage and corn – a taste of the ocean’s finest. The atmosphere is casual and fun; food is excellent; service is over the top. The Hot Fish Club offers a bit of everything – good times and good tastes. Ample grounds, spacious dining areas and an incomparable creekside setting make the restaurant a popular choice for special occasions, too. If you’re planning an event, you’d be wise to give them a call. View their complete menu online ( or call 843.357.9175 with questions. Be sure to tell them you found them in our pages. Enjoy! (continued)


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SHELL CRACKERS GRILL & RAW BAR 761 Pendergrass Avenue, Murrells Inlet 843.357.2899 • 843.357.4545

foods, lots more grab-and-go items including lip-smacking casseroles, high end cold cuts and meats, just-baked breads, a larger selection of wine and beer and – that’s quite literally just the beginning. Perhaps best of all, the food market Southern Living dubbed “a culinary gem” is expanding to include restaurant seating for almost fifty, and a truly splendid wine bar – the likes of which patrons would expect to find in a much larger city.

After a brief hiatus, this creative eatery is open for business once more. Situated beside an aerated pond, the restaurant has a funky, rustic feel, and it’s clean as a whistle. The updated menu marries old Shell Cracker favorites with a slew of new items. Harris Willard’s signature homemade chili and barbeque are back, along with hot dogs, quesadillas, chicken fingers, burgers, and fried green tomatoes. Creek shrimp, catfish, clam strips and, when available, freshwater bream from the onsite pond, are among other choices. Located on the well-kept grounds of a three-acre fenced doggie park, Shell Crackers is the perfect venue for parties, special events and celebrations of all kinds. Plan a reunion or office party and enjoy a bonfire, a catered pond-side pig pickin’ and hire a band to play on the deck. This is party paradise! Have other ideas? Owner Harris Willard is flexible, full of good ideas and wellequipped to throw a bash large or small. All patrons of the restaurant receive free entry to the park with their pet while they are enjoying dinner or drinks. Grab a bite or book an event soon, and be sure to tell them you read about in Lowcountry Companion.

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WINE BAR 13302 Ocean Highway (Hwy 17) Suite 1 843.235.9193 • Deli Mon. – Sat. 10 AM – 9 PM Restaurant & Wine Bar Mon. – Sat. 11 AM – until Closed Sundays It’s hard to believe this much-lauded cornerstone of the Lowcountry’s gastronomic community will soon be ten years old, a perfect time to do some growing! As press time draws near, owners Steven and Eileen Perrone are hard at work crafting a bigger, better fine food market and full-service restaurant directly across the street from their old location just north of the Litchfield traffic light. The larger space promises lots of surprises, and longtime patrons are sure to be delighted that they will (at last!) be able to enjoy full service dining for lunch and dinner. There will be a greater emphasis on gourmet deli items, Italian and other ethnic specialty

Let’s start with the fourteen-seat wine bar, a destination unto itself that’s spoton perfect any time of day but especially as a late night venue. It will have its own Cuvenee wine preservation system, as well as a separate champagne Cuvenee. If you've ever wanted to try a premium wine or sparkling champagne without having to pay the price of a full bottle, you’re about to get the opportunity! “The Cuvenee will allow us to offer a variety of 26 bottles available in small pours or by the glass,” explains Steven. “The system operates on nitrogen gas and prevents the oxidation that would otherwise allow open bottles to go bad.” There will be plenty of crafted beers, as well, and the wine bar will also feature an extensive and everchanging menu of sushi, Spanish-inspired tapas and small plates. Patrons will also be able to order from the restaurant’s full menu and opt to eat at the big, beautiful bar. The restaurant promises to showcase more masterpieces than were ever possible before, and it’s delightfully obvious Perrone is excited. His now legendary blue eyes sparkle as he rambles on about the plethora of creations he’s planning, sounding as much like mad scientist as inspired chef. There will be steaks and pasta and plenty of fresh seafood in addition to the sushi, of course. He waxed poetic especially about the Kurobuta pork chop. Featuring fresh, Berkshire pork – a special breed of “black hog” with meat renowned for its subtle, meaty texture – its flavor is lush and distinctive and the marbling yields unparalleled juiciness.

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ESTAURANT & BREWERY RESTAURANT 251 Willbrook Blvd. (Mingo @ Litchfield) 843.237.7010 Lunch & Dinner Daily 11 AM – 10 PM Happy Hour 4 – 7 PM Daily Ask anyone who’s been to Quigley’s and the consensus is always good. The atmosphere is casual and fun, the food is consistently excellent and the service is as graciously Southern as it gets. Hardworking owners, Josh and Mike, worked previously at Liberty Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach, and they brought a large store of hard-won expertise to their in-house brewery. Six house-brewed beers along with an occasional "guest" beer are among the many reasons Quigley’s already has a loyal following of fun-loving food and ale aficionados. The décor utilizes a masterful mix of dark and light woods, funky light fixtures, modern art, and copper accents. There’s a bit of a spare, Swedish vibe. Classy in an unpretentious way. A spacious bar spills through French doors onto a wide, open deck that allows diners to enjoy a breeze off the boardwalk-edged lake. There’s a pleasant hum of activity that is equal parts relaxing and cheerful. A lively happy hour crowd clearly loves the bar and deck.

Every day offers a different special – and a fresh reason to visit. Monday is “Happy Day” with $2 pints all day long. Discounted appetizers run beyond Happy Hour until 11PM – just for football viewing. Live Team Trivia is big news at 8 PM on Tuesdays with lots of regulars coming out to play while they eat and drink. It's free to play, and you can Just to clarify, Perrone’s will remain a firstwin gift certificates. On Wednesdays, come class food market. That means they will still refill your growler for just $5; they normally offer – or find for you – a mind-blowing cost $9. What’s a growler, you ask? It’s the assortment of gourmet specialty items from ultimate reusable container that holds four fresh truffles and foie gras (from a little farm pints of Quigley’s freshly brewed beer for in Hudson Valley), to confit of duck, farmpatrons to take home and enjoy. “We have raised venison and rare spices. There will still more than a few customers who wheel their be a staggering line up of wines available for coolers in and fill up 6 or 8 growlers,” says sale. And, as always, if you’re having trouble Josh Quigley. “We really are proud of our finding something a bit out of the ordinary, place in the community as the local brewery call to inquire! They will know exactly where … Many people have simply quit buying beer to get what you’re looking for. They may even at the grocery store!" have it in their big, modern new kitchen! Karaoke is a big hit on Thursday evenings Believe or not, there’s more worthy of note. at 9PM. The all-day special is all-you-canSteve is widely acclaimed for his catering eat fried shrimp with fries, slaw and a salad. expertise. Unfortunately, we’ve run out of And Friday has become a staple “night out” room to tell the whole story. More than ever, for locals and families, too. Every Saturday an exploratory visit is a must. features wine specials with half-priced bottles of wine, and $1 off all wines by the glass – so don’t be fooled into thinking Quigley’s is all about the beer! On Sundays, enjoy $7 pitchers of beer all day, and make the bar your football-watching spot of choice. Quigley's will always be a place where one QUIGLEY’S PINT & PLATE can enjoy human interaction, which is really

From appetizers that include soups and salads, to sandwiches and no-holds-barred entrees, the menu delivers variety to spare. As an appetizer, this writer suggests that you do NOT forego the Black-Eyed Pea Hummus. Served with melt-in-your-mouth slices of grilled pita, it’s deliciously different. We’re sad they won’t share the recipe, but we can’t blame them. There’s a soup of the day every day; you can’t go wrong no matter which you choose. The Mingo Salad – think sweet pears, spicy pecans and crumbled gorgonzola – is often acclaimed. And numerous entrées are worthy of note. At Quigley’s, a simple order of fish and chips is elevated to a new level. The Shepherd’s pie, a rich lamb stew, is something hard to find in these parts. An all-day breakfast platter is comfort food at its best, as is the house-recipe meatloaf that includes both pork and beef smothered in brown ale and mushroom gravy. Thanks to Josh and Mike, the kid's menu is extraordinary. How about “plain ole noodles with butter?” Or scrambled eggs and toast? Eggo waffles? Or a PB&J (without the crust, of course)? The options for the younger set are far more comprehensive than those found elsewhere. Obviously, these folks have worried over kids with fussy eating habits. The Beerimisu dessert – a must – is made with lady fingers soaked in bourbon stout. Hurry to Quigley’s now. It’s tucked in back of the Mingo Complex. (continued)

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Pawleys Island ROZ’S RICE MILL CAFÉ Hwy. 17 in The Hammock Shops 843.235.0196 Lunch Mon. 11 AM – 2:30 PM Lunch Tues. – Sat. 11 AM – 5 PM Dinner Tues. – Sat. 5:30 – Until

Bring your lunch or dinner to an especially memorable end by making room for one of Roz’s homemade ice creams. Choices change weekly and may feature key lime custard, blueberry or a refreshing fresh peach. You’ll also want to take home some of Roz’s house made Soy and Ginger, Roasted Red Pepper, Balsamic Vinaigrette, Creamy Garlic Dijon or Salsa Vinaigrette Dressing. On their way to famous, they’re available at the restaurant, as well as in local shops and grocers. Roz’s is also available to host groups and orchestrate on- and off-site catering for events large and small. Special dietary needs are always considered. Waste no time discovering what locals have loved for years. Reservations are suggested but not mandatory. A Lowcountry favorite, this dining destination is sure to please.

For lunch or an unforgettable evening repast, dine at Rosalind Wyndham’s bustling café in the Pawleys Island Hammock Shops. After years spent managing restaurants and collaborating with other local chefs, Roz opened her own restaurant in 1997. For more than a decade, she has maintained a loyal following for consistently delicious, wellpresented fare. The Rice Mill Café is a light-filled, airy place that feels like nothing quite so much as an old Pawleys Island beach house. The cuisine incorporates local seafood and the freshest seasonal ingredients into carefully prepared dishes. Accompanying sauces and side dishes are carefully selected and prepared. Since Roz and her team began serving dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays, business has been booming. The menu changes every few months, and you can always find a delightful selection of fresh fish, pasta and meat dishes. Try the spinach and mushroom lasagna served in a sumptuous béchamel sauce. Samples of other creative entrées include a three-cheese meatloaf with puttanesca sauce – a spicy sauce made of tomatoes, onions, capers, black olives, anchovies, oregano and garlic. You’ll also be tempted by a white bean and tomato cilantro broth with rice topped with succulent lobster meat. Roz makes her twelve-ounce ribeye dinner extra special by “encrusting” the meat with butter and salt. When they’re available, the fried oysters are spectacular. Choose from a delectable array of sides: an asparagus relish salad, mashed potatoes, black beans and creamed spinach or Vidalia onion slaw. The ever-rotating lineup always delivers something too special to resist. Roz’s popular soup, salad and sandwich favorites are also available for dinner. Roz has a gift for soup; have soup no matter what. The wait staff is experienced and attentive without being fussy. The beer and wine list is reasonably priced and offers selections to complement every item on the diverse menu. On Saturday evenings, the outdoor deck sports a bar and live music. It's the perfect spot to take a shopping break or wind down at the end of a long day.

CHIVE BLOSSOM CAFÉ North Causeway (behind Walgreens) 843.237.1438 • Mon. – Sat. 11:30 AM until

Begin dinner savoring a tomato pie with crab étouffée and candied corn. Fresh evening creations include New England cod with lobster and corn potato salad served with herbed cream sauce. Adding a Southern twist to a French classic, Chive Blossom presents a bouillabaisse medley of sweet Silver Queen corn, fresh okra and grape tomatoes in a savory saffron broth. The café’s famous okra pancakes are deliciously paired with fresh local flounder for a tasty combo. Prized local grouper is accented by zucchini spaghetti, Silver Queen corn and grape tomatoes in a creamy tarragon sauce. Every night delivers its own list of specials – at least two appetizers and two entrées. There's so much more you need to know. Treat yourself to a visit. If there’s time for nothing more, spring for a sip of soup and a take-out salad or a small plate and a wickedly sumptuous dessert. Chive Blossom is a keeper. Dinner reservations are more important than ever. PAWLEYS ISLAND TAVERN

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Hwy. 17 behind The Island Shops 843.237.8465 • Tues. – Sun. 11 AM until Live Entertainment Thurs. – Sun.

To say this restaurant is favored by locals is an understatement. Modest enough to remain cozy, Chive Blossom Café brims with good smells, tables dressed in linen, tiny vases of fresh flowers and gleaming hardwood floors. Flourishing pots of herbs line the windowsills; the light is low and soft. Bathed in muted shades of green, the place is wide-open, welcoming and intimate, too. The busy kitchen is only partially enclosed so that the hum of busy cooks lends a pleasant energy to the dining area and bar. Shaded outdoor seating is available, too. Positioned beneath a clutch of beautiful old oaks, thi recently renovated area offers the perfect place to spend lunch or dinner relaxing outdoors. Owners Trina and Paul Kelley Renault serve a masterful mix of Asian, Mediterranean and Deep South. Alongside the traditional fried seafood platter, diners will find delightful surprises. New spring and summer offerings are enticing. Trina is known Island-wide as a master soup maker (her She Crab soup is legendary and addictive), so expect to be impressed by the chilled mango gazpacho with shrimp, lobster and crab. You’ll also enjoy the cold poached salmon with cucumber vichyssoise served with watercress and avocado mousse. The simple pleasure of fried green tomatoes becomes even better in a sandwich that combines these palate pleasers with avocado, homemade pimento cheese and Applewood-smoked bacon. The grilled chicken and artichoke salad is complemented with Yukon gold potatoes, red onions, country ham and delicious dill pickle vinaigrette.

For reasons too complicated to share, you won’t see a sign on Hwy. 17. Nonetheless, the PIT is steady cookin’ and steady rockin’. Do yourself a favor and discover what locals and visitors have known for nearly two decades: nothing tops The PIT for good food, good music, good friends and a great time. A stone’s throw behind the Island Shops in the heart of Pawleys Island’s mainland, food and fun are waiting. Turn by The Mole Hole across from Conway National Bank to find one the Island’s finest hidden treasures. Outstanding daily lunch specials are a great place to start. Consider grouper fingers with your choice of fresh daily vegetables or with seasoned fries and slaw. A legendary homemade barbeque now features Pawleys Island’s Wild Rooster Sauce©. The shrimp salad tastes like something Mama used to make – if Mama grew up on the creek, that is. Made with a quarter pound of crab meat, the famous “Crab Cakes” are famous for good reason. The homemade soups are always fabulous. Dinner is a real treat. Every night the chef creates seasonal culinary dishes from the freshest local ingredients. There are steaks cooked to perfection, custom-made pizzas, and fried seafood. Experience surprisingly affordable dining in a charming shabby-chic setting where tiny tykes have their own

Lowcountry Companion 43 menu. The ubiquitous and ever-popular chicken fingers frequently tempt this Mom to sneak a bite. For big kids, a full bar is at the ready. The selection features thirty-plus domestic and imported beers – the largest selection on the “South End.” Equally important to grown-ups, top-drawer entertainment is a PIT strong suit. Thursday through Sunday, bands converge to deliver the best in Bluegrass, Rhythm and Blues, acoustic, Jazz and Classic Rock. There’s plenty of dancing room for good measure. Check out the website for a current schedule and to sign up for E-mails that will keep you abreast of upcoming entertainment. "Home of shrimp, beer and blues,” the PIT showcases a setting you won’t soon forget. The murals of the late local artist, Greg Watkins, feature idyllic Lowcountry scenes. Indoors, in a rustic, barn-like setting, character is everywhere. (The ceiling is papered with money!) An open-air patio tucked beneath Live Oaks lures many – especially savvy locals – to perch on stools ‘round the Tiki Bar. Come as you are, straight from a beach walk or gussied-up for a night on the town. The classically shabby Pawleys Island Tavern is a spot you won’t want to miss – but you will want to return to – again and again. CAFFE PICCOL0 9428 Ocean Hwy. 843.314.3424 Lunch Mon. – Sat. 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5:30 PM - until

Craving Italian? You’re in luck. This establishment's owner, Jimmy Pronesti, a native of south Pittsburg and former owner of Bella Napoli in Surfside Beach, recently opened an intimate little restaurant in the location formerly occupied by Chive Blossom Café. In addition to seating for a few dozen inside a warm and welcoming interior, there’s a cozy outdoor patio. There are classy linen table clothes, unobtrusive servers clad in black and low lighting that casts soft shadows and creates a vibe that is low-key and relaxing. Pronesti has a degree in criminal justice but – after graduation – discovered a talent for cooking that quickly advanced to a passion. Inspiration from his Italian childhood took center stage, and he quickly discovered a knack for marrying flavors. Menu selections begin with delightful appetizers like Salmon Carpaccio, Stuffed Eggplant and a Calamari with a marinara sauce that’s so light you might worry it will float off the plate. The seared scallops, available as an appetizer or as centerpiece to the Pappardelle and Diver Scallops have already earned top scores in the restaurant’s young history. Shipped fresh from the cold waters of New Bedford, Massachusetts, they are sweet and melt-in-your-mouth tender. The Pistachio Encrusted Haddock, dressed with lemon and white wine over sautéed spinach hails from the same North Atlantic waters and is incomparable by every standard. (continued)


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Other entrées include the requisite pasta, chicken and veal. The fresh, house-made fettuccine can be prepared in several different ways. (Opt for the sautéed fennel and grape tomatoes if it’s available.) The Marsala wine sauce is silky, golden and impossibly light. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re in Italy. “Only the best” fresh produce is purchased each day from Lee's Farmers Market in Murrells Inlet. The season’s not right just yet, and Lee’s fresh ingredients will suffice nicely until our mild winter bids farewell, but eventually Pronesti has plans for a garden alongside the restaurant that will supply homegrown herbs to perfectly complement every dish. Although entrées such as Veal Marsala and Shrimp Scampi are customer favorites, Pronesti’s nightly specials deliver a convoy of surprise hits every day. And the lunchtime Paninos (the correct plural pronunciation for more than one Panini) make for as perfect a midday meal as can be found. Fall in love with Italian all over again. Caffe Piccolo’s flavorful food, cozy atmosphere and courteous service are earning glowing reviews from the local set, and visitors lucky enough to discover this little gem vow to return often. Reservations are welcome. Dine in, take out and catering are available, too. BISTRO 217 Hwy. 17 in Downtown Pawleys 843.235.8217 • Lunch Mon. – Sat. 11 AM – 4 PM Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5 – 10 PM Now a No-Smoking Restaurant!

Tucked off Ocean Highway near the heart of Pawleys Island, an intimate restaurant lures droves of faithful regulars and Waccamaw Neck visitors for lunch and dinner. Bistro 217 is the perfect place to enjoy fabulous outdoor seating year round. The covered courtyard delivers that alternative. An expansive outdoor bar makes for a lovely midday interlude or cocktail hour. The Bistro’s lunch menu is refreshing, too. Choose from selections like lump crab or fried oyster salads. Try the delicious grilled salmon salad with tossed spinach, red onions, tomatoes and feta cheese, sprinkled with

boiled egg pieces and sunflower seeds, then topped with a hot bacon dressing. If sandwiches are your thing, try the Reuben 217, with pulled slow-cooked, beer-braised corned beef and melted Swiss on rye bread, a petite Caesar salad, and Bistro fries. Another option, Bistro’s fish tacos are especially popular. Little wonder when given the description: cilantro encrusted tilapia in a grilled flour tortilla, rustic avocado salad, white corn chips and salsa. You can’t go wrong with the signature dish of Pan-Sautéed Grouper with fried spinach, lobster sauce and Bistro chips.

Chef Kirby and the Bistro 217 staff make it a memorable event.

Georgetown RIVER ROOM 801 Front St. 843.527.4110 • Lunch Mon. – Sat. 11 AM – 2:30 PM Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5 – 10 PM

Anything with “fried spinach” as a side is worth the gamble. Dinner selections offer a variety of traditional and Lowcountry favorites with a contemporary flair. How about starting with tomato, crab, and jalapeno soup; fried green tomatoes and oysters; or quick-fried Giant Calamari with cherry peppers, five-pepper jelly, and lemon aioli? Executive chef and co-owner Adam Kirby, a graduate of the Cordon Bleu program in Portland, Oregon, thrives on culinary creativity. He’s not afraid to try new ingredient combinations and preparations. One recent dinner special is an excellent example: Hog Snapper on spicy rock shrimp risotto with honey-roasted, locally grown baby carrots and caper brown butter. Dishes on the regular menu include the tempurafried Bistro Bangkok Chicken breast with fivepepper jelly, mustard, soy, broccolini, roasted peanuts and steamed rice, Pan-Seared Banks Sea Scallops with local, fresh spring pea risotto, honey-roasted Belgian salsify, with a lobster carrot butter. Even the bread gets special attention. It comes warm to your table with crunchy crudités to keep you busy but not fill you up. Don’t be surprised if Chef Kirby personally visits your table for reactions to his offerings – he enjoys coming out of the kitchen and spending time with guests! If you save room for dessert, you won’t be disappointed. The Chef always has several homemade ice cream selections – and every dessert is made on the premises. Enjoy a scoop on its own or try roasted banana ice cream with a warm chocolate walnut brownie. You may want to ask for extra spoons. If Pistachio Ice Cream is on the menu, have it. Co-owner Anne Hardee invites diners to enjoy her carefully selected wine list which presents roughly twenty-five labels by the glass. You’re sure to find something just right to accompany your meal. Reservations are suggested for weekend nights. If you’re planning a special luncheon, shower, or reception, let Anne Hardee,

"Red meat and gin."

The River Room is a restaurant with staying power. In fact, they are celebrating their 26th Anniversary this year! Their success is not surprising. Sid Hood and Sally Swineford have mastered an inviting atmosphere; the waterfront location is hard to beat, and the food is consistently delicious. The historic building – formerly home to a dry goods establishment, a shoe store and a tailor's shop – overlooks Georgetown's riverfront and is adjacent to the City's public dock. All the old brick is exposed and soft light complements the original heart-pine floors. A glass enclosed porch offers a fantastic view of the river’s bustling boat traffic and is perfect for a lazy meal spent people-watching as folks stroll the Harborwalk. Chef Joe O’Hara has been around for well more than a decade, and his gift for culinary creation is well known. The menu offers an addictive mix of seafood favorites like Shrimp & Grits and The Pirate Special – a perennial favorite that marries deviled crab, sautéed shrimp and scallops in a casserole smothered with melted Monterey Jack.

If you’re wondering, River Room is a staple for the area’s most discriminating diners for lots more than its extraordinary seafood. For lunch and dinner, there’s choice aplenty if you and yours are yearning for steak or burgers, chicken or pasta, sandwiches and salads. The blackened ribeye is a hungry soul’s fondest dream. And Joe’s Chicken – stuffed with cream cheese, Monterey Jack and Cajun Tasso – lightly floured and pan-fried, gives a whole new spin to the ubiquitous chicken. Desserts deserve their own page of editorial. The Crème Brulée has caused more than a few writers to wax poetic. The Peanut Butter Pie runs neck and neck with the New Orleans Bread Pudding. Accompanied by vanilla bean ice cream and dressed up with a warm caramel sauce, Sautéed Pound Cake is an especially big seller. Save room for a sweet ending. The River Room's wine list showcases a large selection of reasonably priced wines to appeal to a wide variety of guests and occasions. Featured wines change regularly to give guests an opportunity to sample from the "big list." Choosing what to sample is made simpler thanks to descriptions for each wine. Sally says, "We taste what we buy and buy what we like. Our list changes as we continue to search for wines that deliver great quality and pleasure for the price." When asked to comment about the restaurant’s ongoing popularity, Sally expressed her gratitude to a community full of supporters. “Our locals come – and come often. They help us spread the word …They make our work very satisfying.” At Lowcountry, we think that says it all. In this busy resort market, keeping the locals coming back is clear evidence of having mastered the recipe for success. River Room boasts the delightful distinction of being accessible by car or boat. History buffs should allow time for perusing the framed documents and old photographs in the entrance hall. River Room is a stand out by every definition. Don’t miss it.

In discussing serious seafood, it would be wrong to spare mention of the River Room’s otherworldly Crab Cakes made from their own secret recipe. One diner described them like this: “They are full of sweet, white crab and little else other than being seasoned just right.” Every Lowcountry native knows that a great crab cake can usually be determined by the ratio of crab meat to filler. The River Room has the fractions just right. Oh, and the melt-in-your-mouth-every-time Herb Crusted Grouper! Be prepared; if you’re a serious seafood lover, the devil is in the choosing.

– Julia Child - in response to what she attributed her longevity to.


Lowcountry y Companion p THOMAS CAFÉ 703 Front St. (next to the Town Clock) 843.546.7776 Breakfast Mon. – Fri. 7 – 11 AM Breakfast Sat. 7 – Noon Lunch Mon. – Fri. 11 AM – 2 PM Lunch Sat. Noon – 2 PM

What’s for breakfast? Hearty griddle omelets take center stage for breakfast at Thomas Café. Whether your taste is a simple cheese omelet, the Lowcountry Creole omelet with a kick, or the Saturday special Café omelet (with spinach, Swiss cheese, mushrooms and bacon), you’ll agree it’s a great way to start the morning. Select grits or home fries and a biscuit or toast as accompaniments and you’re set for the day. If you’re a biscuit and sausage gravy fan, that’s another frequent Saturday morning treat. You'll want to be sure it’s on the board, so please call ahead. Chef Brunson relies heavily on local fishermen and farmers for his seafood and produce. Stay late on Monday afternoon and you’re bound to see a fresh crop of vegetables come through the door.

The waitresses at Thomas Café are always glad to see you. They’ve all worked there several years and know what to recommend, Comfortable food. Comfortable place. so don’t be afraid to ask. Families are Comfortable prices. That’s why streams of welcome and the menu features children’s locals have become regulars and seasonal items for breakfast and lunch. Be sure to tell visitors insist they’ll return for another delicious meal at Thomas Café on Front Street them Lowcountry Companion sent you. . in Georgetown. SWEETIES 707 Front St. Over time, owner and chef Ernest Brunson has 843.545.5400 • made subtle but important improvements Mon. – Sat. 10 AM – 6 PM to this traditional diner that opened more than 75 years ago. “We have a new grill, oven and cook top that allow us to prepare and deliver orders faster,” explains Ernest. “That’s especially important during weekday lunches and busy Saturday mornings!” He’s also made a few changes to the menu to reflect his personal taste and style. A Florence, SC, native who attended Johnson & Wales in Charleston, Ernest is particular about his grits. He now serves a choice of Adluh brand yellow and white grits he buys from Allen Brothers Milling in Columbia. They’ve been producing high-quality grits since 1900. That said, you simply must try the fried cheese grits appetizer. Think of the golden nuggets as a welcome alternative to hush puppies. Other menu additions include the ultimate BLT sandwich prepared with the chef’s premium oven-fried bacon, the chicken fingers plate made with tender white breast meat, and the daily salad platter for those counting calories. If you’re a frequent guest at Thomas Café, you’ll notice new items debuting on the daily specials board. In addition to the popular fried chicken on Monday, turkey and dressing on Thursday, and fish on Friday, Chef Brunson has added fried shrimp as well as liver and onions for occasional lunch specials. And according to Becky Billingsly, friend and local food critic: “If you see Pileau on the board, stop right on in and get you some.” Take your pick of three sides and a biscuit or cornbread; you won’t leave hungry. You can even pick a piece of the day’s featured cake as one of your side dishes. How clever is that?

There are three delicious variations of Toffee (try the Cran-Almond) and three different Brittles. Grown-ups-only Bourbon Pecans and those Bourbon Balls are oh-so-creamy inside. Key-Lime Balls taste like the pie wrapped in white chocolate. Sweetie Pops, a huge Rice Krispy Treat on a stick, covered in Chocolate, is another signature treat. Sweetie Pies are creamy peanut-butter-graham-cracker sandwiches – doused in chocolate, of course. Call ahead and order the Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries for your office, for a dinner, party, easy gift, or best of all for an ‘I deserve it’ treat for yourself. Also try the Haystacks, Cherries, Caramel Bear Claws and Pecan Turtles (made with butter-roasted pecans). There’s fudge, too – and more chocolate.

There’s much more to tell but not much space. Sweeties delivers and ships fabulous gift boxes and baskets for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine’s, and anniversary gifts (far better than fruit and perfect for everyone). They ship to a cadre of loyal customers who discovered them while traveling. This place is a keeper. Make it a must-do-soon and tell Skip and Cindy that Lowcountry whet your appetite. Do call if you want to place an order or ask questions. (continued)

Although true food groupies are up to date on fine dining lingo, to many, modern menus can be a puzzling read. These definitions, as found in Food Lover's Companion clarify things: béchamel [bay-shah-mehl]; Basic French white sauce made by stirring milk into a butter-flour roux. The thickness depends on the proportion of flour and butter to milk. For a thin sauce, use 1 tablespoon each of butter and flour to one cup of milk; a medium sauce, would use 2 tablespoons each of butter and flour; a thick sauce 3 tablespoons each. This sauce is one of the four "Mother Sauces." It was named after Louis XIV's steward, Louis de Béchamel. amuse-bouche; amuse-gueule [ah-mez-BOOSH (GEURL)]: French derivitive for appetizer, typically referring to a small one- or two-bite portion to tickle the tastebuds.

Okay. We realize Sweeties is not a restaurant, but chocolate is essential for a happy life – so we decided to give these folks a quick review. Plus, tell ‘em you read it here in Lowcountry, and they’ll thank you with a famously delectable homemade praline. The website and brochure make a bold proclamation … “absolutely the finest pralines and chocolate anywhere.” Overstatement? Not so much. This cozy little storefront on Georgetown’s historic Front Street may well be the center of the universe – to chocolate and candy lovers, at very least. Skip and Cindy, the owners, bring an infectious enthusiasm to their work. The final product bears the stamp of their passion. The broad selection is tough to detail in short order. Selections including sugar-free candies and candies without nuts. Almost everything is handmade in the store. (Smells like heaven, and they encourage you to taste stuff!) Packed with buttered-roasted pecans, Sweeties’ Original Pralines simply melt in your mouth. They have added seven more homemade flavors to their already famous, Praline ice cream. The fudge is to die for.

saté [sah-TAY]: An Indonesian favorite consisting of small marinated cubes of meat, fish or poultry threaded on skewers and grilled or broiled. Saté is usually served with a spicy peanut sauce. It's a favorite snack food but is also offered as a main dish. carpaccio [kahr-PAH-chee-oh]: Italian in origin, this dish consists of thin shavings of raw beef Fillet, which may be drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice or served with a mayonnaise or mustard sauce. The dish is often topped with capers and sometimes onions. It's generally served as an appetizer. saltimbocca [sahl-tihm-BOH-kuh]: Literally translated, this Italian tem means "jump mouth." It refers to a Roman specialty made of finely sliced veal sprinkled with sage and topped with a thin slice of proscuitto. It's sautéed in butter, then braised in white wine. Sometimes the meat layers are rolled and secured with picks before being cooked.



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Hoppin' John Like No Other! Southern tradition asserts that eating Hoppin’ John, collard greens and cornbread on New Year’s Day will bring a year filled with good luck. Made of black-eyed peas and rice, seasoned with ham hocks, onions, green peppers, and spices, the dish was introduced to America by the African slaves who worked the Lowcountry’s rice plantations. Don’t relegate the dish just to the New Year, though. It’s rib-stickin’ southern food at its best. Ingredients (Serves 4 to 6) 1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon bacon drippings 2 cans (about 16 oz. each) black-eyed peas, slightly drained (or 3 cups cooked black-eyed peas) 1 cup chopped cooked ham ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

3 cups hot cooked rice salt to taste sliced sweet onion, optional Preparation In a large saucepan sauté chopped onion in bacon drippings until tender. Stir in black-eyed peas, ham, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes; stir in hot cooked rice and salt. Serve Hoppin' John hot with sliced onion and cornbread. Helpful Hint On the day after New Year's Day, leftover Hoppin' John becomes Skippin' Jenny, and eating it demonstrates powerful frugality, bringing an even better chance of prosperity in the New Year! Beyond Black-Eyed Peas: New Year's good-luck foods by Mick Vann

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Caterers D electable Occasions DELECTABLE OCCASIONS 843.240.0636 or 843.520.2879 “When I was growing up, my mother told me it was OK to play with my food,” says Delectable Occasions proprietor, Sandra Mazingo. “My parents owned a restaurant and food was central to our lives … I’ve been playing with food – and loving it – ever since.” If you’re looking for someone to help you plan an extraordinary celebration or an intimate family dinner, Sandra is ready and willing with her creativity and culinary flare. Her experience is vast and diverse; she can handle the largest of events to the most intimate of dinner parties – right in your own home. And, then there are weddings. No matter the size, Sandra carefully addresses every detail

including menu selections to reflect the couple’s taste, special dietary requirements, linens, and one-of-a-kind centerpieces. Sandra prides herself on her mastery of garde manger – the art of edible ornamentation. Go to one of her events and you’ll find floral arrangements designed from vegetables, extensively carved melons and brilliantlytinted, ornate pumpkin carvings. Your guests will definitely enjoy these conversationstarters. One glance and many people know Sandra’s the caterer simply because the table presentations are so exquisite. Perhaps you are headed to the beach for a week or weekend and don’t want the hassle of dressing up and going out to dinner. Neither do you want to spend time in the kitchen. Call Sandra! She’ll show up and prepare an award winning dinner for one night or for the whole week. Vacations are meant for relaxing, after all, so let Sandra and her competent staff help you do exactly that – in high style. From her commercial kitchen in Georgetown, Sandra prepares dishes that appeal to adventurous eaters and tempt those less daring as well. Some of her most popular dishes include a scrumptious seafood casserole chock full of fresh local shrimp, scallops, and crab or lobster in a light cream sauce; creamy shrimp and grits “with a twist;” and her signature smoked salmon. One of

her personal favorites is surf and turf bites – bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin or venison stuffed with shrimp, marinated and grilled. Take it from one who knows, they are bitesized morsels of joy, perfect for any party! Her duck cordon bleu and almond-crusted duck breast are must-try dishes for waterfowl lovers. Sandra can also cook up your angler’s catch or teach you to cook wild-caught seafood and wild game. Sandra’s special touches don’t stop with appetizers and entrées, her desserts are delicious, too. Popular selections are fresh lemon curd and pecan tartlets, chocolate walnut pie and a truly sensational carrot cake with lemon cream cheese icing. What makes her dishes so appealing? “I use the fresh stuff,” says Sandra. “We don’t open many cans in our kitchen. I always use local seafood and focus on using ingredients like lemon juice, fresh herbs and seasonings that make food shine. When food is freshly prepared, people taste the difference.” If you’re planning something special or simply want to treat your family and friends to a meal worth remembering, contact Sandra at Delectable Occasions, 843.240.0636 or Let her know you read about her in Lowcountry Companion!

Oyster Essentials Know the “R” Myth? There’s an “old wives tale” that oysters should be consumed only in months spelled with an “r,” i.e. September, October, etc. Before the miracle of refrigeration, warm weather months were a dicey time to throw back these tasty morsels. These days, however, oysters can (and are!) safely served twelve months of every year.

Boy or Girl? There is no way to distinguish male oysters from female oysters by examining their shells. Here’s the kicker, any oyster may change its sex once or more during a lifetime. Their reproductive organs can produce both eggs and sperm.

Ever discovered a tiny crab? Pinnotheres ostreum is a species of crab that has evolved to live inside an oyster’s shell. These dime-sized delectables, much loved by gourmands, are not abundant.

How do pearls form? When foreign material becomes trapped inside an oyster’s shell, the oyster responds to the irritation by producing nacre, a combination of calcium and protein. The nacre coats the foreign material and eventually produces a pearl.

Nutritional Value Oysters are among nature’s most nutritionally well balanced foods. They contain protein, carbohydrates and lipids. They are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and D. The National Heart and Lung Institute suggests oysters as an ideal food for individuals following low-cholesterol diets. Four or five medium-size oysters supply the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus. Source:

"In spite of food fads, fitness programs, and health concerns, we must never lose sight of a beautifully conceived meal." Julia Child

Murrells Inlet Oyster Roast November 13, 2010 • 11:30 AM - 3 PM Oysters Chowder Hot Dogs Burgers Soft Drinks Beer Local Music Tickets for all you can eat oysters: $25 Other refreshments priced separately. Spuds Waterfront Dining, beside the Marina FOR TICKETS & INFORMATION CONTACT 843.357.2007 or


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